Oneida County Executive Discusses COVID-19 Pods


ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — Yesterday SUNY Polytechnic Institute unveiled their new COVID vaccine site, that’s run by New York state. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says it’s great that there’s another site, but unfortunately it comes with a cost.

‘The issue here is the vaccine appropriation that’s being dispatched out of Albany. The argument about we don’t have enough vaccines, obviously you have enough for yourself to start a pod of which you believe is going to do a 1,000 a day. Which is great, but at the expense of what? All you did was take them from us.” – Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive

This afternoon Oneida County finally received 500 more doses and they’ll have appointments available on their website After those appointments are booked, they’ll have to wait on another shipment and may not be able to schedule more until January 27th. Picente says it’s crucial to keep their pods open and accessible for anyone who wants one.

“It’s supposed to be spread out in the community, it’s supposed to be in multiple locations. It’s playing games with people’s lives and more people are going to die if we don’t get this vaccine out and that should be our concern. Our concern shouldn’t be about who runs a pod, it should be about how many shots can we get out in a day.” – Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive

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