ALBANY – New York State has administered over 80 percent of its first COVID-19 doses received from the federal government, however, due to the limited allocations appointments remain hard to get.
According to latest data, in Chautauqua County 7,849 residents have received the first dose of the vaccine, with 1,046 receiving the second.
As of now, New Yorkers seeking to determine eligibility and schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site, are asked to visit the ‘Am I Eligible’ website. Locally, the county health department has a list of vaccination opportunities on its website.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is working to provide more vaccine availability as approximately 7.1 million New Yorkers are currently eligible to receive the shot.
“We know the vaccine is the weapon that ends the COVID war, but in order for it to be truly effective, we must ensure it is being distributed fairly and equitably, and that people actually trust it,” Governor Cuomo said. “Through one of the nation’s most expansive vaccination networks, we have been able to administer 1.9 million dosages while continuing to prioritize social equity, access and public trust in those communities hardest hit.”
The federal government has increased the weekly supply by 16 percent over the next three weeks, but New York’s vast distribution network and large population of eligible individuals still far exceed the supply coming from the federal government.
Due to limited supply, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment.
The Governor says the post-holiday surge of COVID-19 activity across New York State appears to be over, however, new variants of the virus remain a concern for state leaders.