Although he criticized the directive from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Governor Andrew Cuomo said today that New York will follow the guidance and extend vaccine eligibility to anyone 65 and older and to those with compromised immune systems.
At the same time, News Channel 10 is reporting that Columbia County is only getting 300 doses of the vaccine a week. Yesterday, when people 75 and older became eligible, Jack Mabb, director of the Columbia County Department of Health was quoted as saying, "When you move from 1a, which was a very narrow category, to something like this, which is a very broad category, the estimates are anywhere between three and four million people in New York State, that's thousands in Columbia County, and I have to make do with 300 a week." With today's addition, the category got even broader.
Update: The Columbia County Department of Health published this statement about an hour ago:
The Columbia County Department of Health is not making appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. All of our currently scheduled clinics are full. Vaccine supply has been extremely limited. As vaccine becomes available, we will be posting links to register through our website at www.columbiacountynyhealth.com. Please check back at that address frequently for more information and to register for vaccination as it becomes available. As stated by Governor Cuomo, it is expected that it will be 14 weeks until we are done with Phase 1A and 1B of the distribution plan. This will be a long process and we are working around the clock to vaccinate our community as quickly as possible. Please check back with our website for links to registration. We are not maintaining a waiting list for vaccinations.