As deaths and COVID-19 circumstances proceed to extend quickly in Chautauqua County, the Division of Well being has introduced that it’s engaged on alternate options to higher help space residents who’re eligible to obtain a vaccine.
In a press launch this weekend, the division mentioned on-line standing Am I Eligible? The software at (https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.well being.ny.gov/) was the one manner to connect with a state-run vaccination clinic. At the moment, the closest state clinic is on the south campus of the College at Buffalo.
“This variation was a shock to us” mentioned Christine Schuyler, director of public well being for Chautauqua County. “Folks have been already very pissed off that there’s not sufficient vaccine for these eligible to obtain it, and now the state has eradicated the one central repository of vaccine suppliers.”
The county and Well being Division famous that the Western New York Immunization Community Middle is growing a regional vaccine locator software and hotline. All clinics performed by the Division of Well being shall be on the general public well being web site (https://chqgov.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccine-information) with hyperlinks to schedule appointments. It will likely be clearly marked if the clinic is full and residents will be unable to schedule an appointment. It is best to maintain checking again ceaselessly for extra clinics with obtainable appointment occasions.
On Sunday, New York State introduced 5 further COVID-19 deaths in Chautauqua County, which doesn’t replace case numbers over the weekend. New York State additionally recorded a complete of 5,460 circumstances within the county, barely greater than Thursday’s complete of 5,424 for the county. Cattaraugus County famous 86 new circumstances Friday and Saturday with 505 lively. There have been three,296 complete circumstances, 2,725 recoveries with 52 at the moment hospitalized.
Appointments for vaccination can’t be made by cellphone presently, Chautauqua County officers famous. If different vaccine suppliers share details about their clinics with the Division of Well being, it should even be posted on the general public well being web site.
Nonetheless, Chautauqua County NY Connects desires to make sure that individuals 65 and older have entry to details about the COVID-19 vaccine. Folks 65 and older can name the NY Connects Helpline at 753-4582, 661-7582 or 363-4582. A consultant will speak to callers about vaccination choices within the county and gather private info to verify it’s stored updated.
In the meantime, state pharmacies can solely vaccinate individuals 65 and older. Ceremony Assist and Tops pharmacies in Chautauqua County have obtained small vaccinations assignments from New York and had deliberate to make use of the state’s web site and hotline Am I Eligible to Schedule Vaccine Administration Appointments? Ceremony Assist is now engaged on different choices for scheduling appointments; extra info will comply with quickly. See https://www.topsmarkets.com/covid19 for appointment availability and scheduling at Tops pharmacies. Wegmans Pharmacy in Jamestown has not but obtained the vaccine. Go to www.wegmans.com/pharmacy for availability and to schedule as soon as they obtain the vaccine, which will not be for a couple of weeks.
Officers additionally urged residents to be affected person and thoughtful of vaccine suppliers who’re doing their greatest to obtain the vaccines. “The quantity of vaccine we have now is a drop within the bucket in contrast to what’s wanted,” Schuyler mentioned. “As quickly as we obtain the vaccine, we administer it, and I hope the state will increase its allocations for us.”
Throughout State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s press convention on Friday, the Well being Division and Brooks Hospital have been hailed for administering 100% of their vaccine allocations, whereas UPMC Chautauqua administered 98% of their allocations.
New York is at the moment in Part 1a and 1b of its distribution plan. Go to (https://covid19vaccine.well being.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine) to see who’s eligible for vaccination presently.