Health systems now able to vaccinate primary care patients

Jennifer Lewke
Updated: March 30, 2021 06:01 PM
Created: March 30, 2021 05:16 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York State is now allowing health systems to vaccinate their primary care patients.

Both URMC and Rochester Regional Health opened up thousands of appointments in the Finger Lakes region this week for anyone who qualifies and if you’re able to snag one of these appointments, you don’t have to wait long to get your shot.  

“We're now kind of emerging from those dark challenging days to the days where we have sufficient vaccine and more and more people are becoming eligible,” says John Clark, the Administrator of URMC Primary Care.

URMC got a little more than 5,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines this week. Primary care patients were able to log-in to their MyChart to book an appointment for this week with ease.

Clark recommends patients who weren’t able to secure a spot, continue to check back daily to see if there are cancellations and/or re-allocations. New appointments for next week’s supply are normally posted on Monday and Tuesday.

For the 40% of URMC patients who don’t use MyChart, “a certain proportion of our appointments we hold back each week for recruitment by telephone,” Clark explained.  

Currently, URMC patients who are able to secure an appointment must go to one of two locations to get their shot but next week, URMC will be launching a mobile vaccination team.

“That will travel to the safety-net practices, all of which are based in disadvantaged neighborhoods for the most part, and we will vaccinate that practices’ group of patients,” Clark said.

For more information on URMC’s vaccination programs, click here.

For more information on Rochester Regional’s vaccination programs, click here.

For the Finger Lakes Vaccination Hub, click here.

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