Sunday, January 10, 2021

Getting the Vaccine

Starting tomorrow, Monday, January 11, everyone in New York who is part of Group 1a or Group 1b can make a reservation to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Group 1a--nursing home residents and staff and hospital workers--has been eligible for the vaccine for a few weeks now. Group 1b will become eligible tomorrow. 

Included in Group 1b are teachers, first responders, public safety workers, public transit workers, and 1.4 million people 75 and older, for a total of 3.2 million New Yorkers.

In his COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo warned that, although you can make a reservation, it may be weeks or even months you can actually get vaccinated because of the current supply rate of the vaccine. New York State now receives 300,000 doses of the vaccine a week. At that rate, Cuomo calculates, it will take fourteen weeks to vaccinate the people in Group 1a who have not yet been vaccinated and everyone in Group 1b. 

Those who now qualify for the vaccine in Columbia County can call or email the Columbia County Department of Health to make a reservation. The phone number is 518 828-3358. You are advised to "listen to all prompts to go to Option 7." The email address is Emails are preferred because of the overwhelming volume of calls being received by the CCDOH. When you leave a message or send an email, you must provide the following information:

Date of Birth 
Contact Information--phone number/email address

When you have made a reservation, you will be contacted with information about where and when you can receive your vaccination. The CCDOH has provided this information about vaccination sites:
Vaccination will be administered at mobile clinics run by the Columbia County Department of Health. At this time, the Department of Health does not have information about which type of vaccine will be available nor the specific locations of the mobile clinics.

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