Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Chasing the Elusive COVID Vaccine

Today, at about 3:00 p.m., the Columbia County Department of Health made appointments available for essential workers at https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-resources-info/. We learned yesterday that Columbia County had gotten 200 doses of the vaccine this week: 100 to be designated for essential workers; 100 for people 65 years of age and older. It is not known when those of us in the second category can expect appointments will open up, but it makes sense to keep checking that link regularly tomorrow.

Tonight, in his daily COVID email update, Governor Andrew Cuomo shared this news: "Earlier this evening, President Biden announced allocations to states will go up 16 percent and that we can count on that allocation for the next three weeks. So far, we've been going week to week and now with advance notice we can plan better and that is good news."

Cuomo also shared this news:
The Biden administration also announced that it would "soon be able to confirm" the purchase of an additional 200 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. These additional doses, if secured by the federal government, would not arrive until the summer and will not solve the immediate supply crunch. We are in communication with the Biden team about this and other supply issues. 
Meanwhile, keep your masks in place and keep your distance.

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