Monroe County Public Health Commissioner on vaccine distribution process

Updated: November 19, 2020 11:12 PM
Created: November 19, 2020 10:17 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York's counties have begun discussing how they will deploy the COVID-19 vaccine when one is available.

Members of the Association of Counties and Local Health Departments said Thursday they are prepared to help distribute the vaccine and work with the state and the federal government.


Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza says the protocol is still being developed, but he's seen drafts.

"It's going to include health care workers first, first responders are going to be toward the top," Mendoza said. "Individuals with medical risk factors are also going to be toward the top. My job is to make sure that we're reaching all of the people who fulfill those criteria in an equitable fashion."

Dr. Mendoza says how we approach the rest of the general population will come after that.

The process could take between six to 12 months.

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