Updated: April 22, 2021 05:43 PM
Created: April 22, 2021 02:28 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Effective immediately, individuals 16 and older no longer have to make an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a Monroe County-run vaccination site or community-based clinic, County Executive Adam Bello announced Thursday.
"Appointments will no longer be required at any of the Monroe County operated vaccination centers for any individual who’s eligible to be vaccinated in New York state," Bello said.
County-run sites include the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, the Monroe County Fleet Center, and all community-based pop-up clinics that are sponsored by the county. For a list of Monroe County-run sites, click here.
Walk-ins will also be accepted at the pop-up vaccine clinic at Frontier Field on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
COVID-19 vaccines are abundantly available! Only 300 of the 4,000 appointments allocated for this week have been reserved. In order to return to normal, we NEED to get our population vaccinated. Appointments at the county webpage, or by calling 753-5555.https://t.co/UkzZGW292a pic.twitter.com/yY0So1Xtxa— Adam J. Bello (@CountyExecBello) April 21, 2021
If you don't want to walk in, you can call the Monroe County COVID-19 Hotline at (585) 753-5555 to schedule an appointment.
Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza said there have been no adverse reactions to the vaccine in Monroe County.
"Of the 10s of thousands of Monroe County residents who have received the vaccine, no one has experienced severe illness or death,” Mendoza said. “It is safe, it is effective, and it is free."
He stressed the importance that people get vaccinated.
"To get [to herd immunity] we need at least 70% of every eligible age group to get this vaccine, not just our older adults," Mendoza said.
He also addressed the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Monroe County ice hockey community, which led to a countywide pause on the sport.
"It is very clear that competitive ice hockey and/or behaviors associated with the sport have put players, coaches, and family members at higher risk of COVID-19 than any other sport," Mendoza said.
He said that 50 positives cases have been confirmed in connection to the sport since practices and games were banned about two and a half weeks ago.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that beginning Friday, April 23, New Yorkers 60 years old and older no longer need to make appointments at state-run mass vaccination sites, including the Dome Arena and parking lot of the former Kodak Hawkeye.
Bello joined News10NBC on Thursday to talk more about the status of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Monroe County. Watch the video in the player below for the full interview (mobile users, click here):
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