Oneida County To Suspend County Vaccine Program

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Scheduled Second Doses Not Impacted, Lack Of Vaccine The Cause

Oneida County announced on Sunday that they were suspending the county’s COVID-19 vaccination operations as of Thursday, January 21st. The reason cited is the lack of vaccines resulting from the small vaccine allocation the state received from the Federal Government. 

The two locations being impacted are the county’s distribution centers at MVCC in Utica and Griffiss Airport in Rome. The county’s announcement stressed that people who had already scheduled to receive their second dose of the vaccine will not be affected. 

“Unfortunately, due to a reduced vaccine allotment from the State of New York, we will be forced to suspend our operations on Thursday, January 21st,” said County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “We stand ready and willing to work with the state and federal governments to receive more vaccines so we can continue to put shots into the arms of our residents.”

Oneida County’s next allotment is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, January 19th. It will be only 500 doses. The county says that the number of vaccines they have received has gone from  3,000 to 1,300 to the 500 doses coming this week. The county reports that, 

as of Sunday morning, January 17th, Oneida County, through its Health Department, has administered 2,800 shots and has 1,500 remaining vaccine doses, not including the scheduled 500 doses yet to be received. The Oneida County Health Department has 575 appointments scheduled for January 17th and 18th. The county will make appointments available for January 19th and January 20th while its supplies last.  

“We have been pleased with the way our PODs have operated during the past 10 days,” Picente added. “They are efficient and effective and I believe are an essential resource in vaccinating this community quickly. If and when we receive more shots we will reopen and get them out the door and in people’s arms as quick as possible.”

As best is known, the state distribution at SUNY Poly in Marcy and the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse has not seen a reduction in their operations. 

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