BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – As 1000’s of Western New Yorkers attempt to schedule vaccine appointments, they discover the identical message on the state’s web site: “no appointments at the moment accessible.”
“Discovering a date in Buffalo is unimaginable,” mentioned Jeanne Drier, a resident of Akron. “I regarded in every single place.”
Erie County Government Mark Poloncarz mentioned final week that Erie County solely obtained eight,000 doses of vaccines, which needed to be divided between the well being division, pharmacies and well being facilities.
“If we’re going to do a mass vaccination website, we may do a minimum of three,000 doses a day, so eight,000 doses is not going to cut back it in per week,” he mentioned.
That is why some at the moment are deciding to get of their automotive and drive tons of of miles to get a shot.
John Monnin estimates he drove 750 miles in simply over 24 hours this week for vaccination appointments. The Cheektowaga resident needed to take his 91-year-old father to Rochester for his second dose on Sunday, then on Monday he had his personal appointment for his first dose.
“At 7 am I went on the pc and there have been three, I believe three, vaccines accessible in Potsdam, New York, and at eight o’clock I used to be on my approach to Potsdam,” Monnin mentioned. “I spoke to a nurse from Potsdam. There have been lots of people from Buffalo there. “
Drier will make the journey to Rochester together with her mom for her appointments subsequent month. Each she and Monnin inform Information four it is price driving simply to get vaccinated.
“In the event you’re prepared to make the journey, it is price it,” Monnin mentioned.
In an announcement, the State Division of Well being mentioned they assign dosages based mostly on the inhabitants of every area, and on the time, 25 % of citations on state-run websites had been New Yorkers outdoors of that area.
Marlee Tuskes is a reporter who has been a part of the Information four crew since 2019. See extra of her work right here.