Vaccine eligibility age drops to 65, Wegmans, Tops getting supply this week

Berkeley Brean
Updated: January 12, 2021 06:50 PM
Created: January 12, 2021 06:45 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Every day it seems the rules change regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. It happened again Tuesday. Now the rule in New York is anyone over 65 can get in line to get the shot. 

The problem is—there isn't enough vaccine to go around. 

By initiating phase 1b on Monday and then lowering the age eligibility Tuesday, the pool in New York went up by millions. 

But the amount of vaccine New York gets from the federal government every week stays the same. 

Overnight, Jo Matela of Brockport went from ineligible to eligible to get the vaccine. She's over 65. She owns the Red Bird Cafe and Gift Shop in Brockport. 

Matela: "I'm heartened to the fact that I will be able to get the vaccine so that I can get back to my store and run it the way I want to."

Brean: "You might be eligible for it but there might not be enough vaccine for you to actually get it."

Matela: "So obviously, or maybe not obviously, the supply chain is not meeting the demand. So I think that really needs to be looked into."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the number of health care workers, essential workers and people over 65 in New York is 7 million. He said the federal government gives New York 300,000 doses every week. 

Gov. Cuomo: "That would take literally about six months to administer."

When people register with the state to get a vaccine, the state provides a list of pharmacies to get a vaccine.

In a new email Tuesday, Wegmans told us its first supply of vaccine arrives this week with "appointments beginning this Friday 1/15."

Tops told me it expects a supply "later this week." 

In an interview with News10NBC Monday night, Dr. Nancy Bennett, co-chair of the region's vaccine task force, said supply is a problem. 

"We don't have enough vaccine at this point to vaccinate all of the people who are in 1a and 1b," she said. "I just beg people to have patience. Everyone will get a vaccine but it may take a while."

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