Health director: Only 25% of eligible regional residents able to secure appointments at GCC clinic

Updated: March 05, 2021 12:16 PM
Created: March 05, 2021 10:58 AM

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WHEC) — Only 25% of people living in the tri-county region of Orleans, Genesee, and Wyoming counties were able to sign up for a COVID vaccination clinic initially set up specifically for those residents, according to Orleans County Health Commissioner Paul Petit.

In a statement to News10NBC, Petit said:

"The original genesis for this clinic spun out of the letter our 3 counties wrote to the state seeking additional allocations to help with the low vaccination rates in our rural counties.  Planning for this event was in line with that goal - restricting registration to [Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans] residents, similar to other restricted locations.  Prior to the release of the link, we were notified by the state that the mass vaccination clinic was going to be open to any residents not restricted to just the GOW counties."

As mentioned, the decision to open the clinic came after public health directors in those counties wrote a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying the counties receive minimal vaccine allocations and are medically underserved. 

The five-day clinic, which runs from Friday through Tuesday, March 9, will have the one-dose shot, which received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday.

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