ALBANY – More than one million people across the State of New York are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
That’s according to state leaders who announced the milestone on Monday, saying that state distribution sites have administered 91 percent of the total first doses received from federal government.
The state also reports that 85-percent of first and second doses have been given.
According to the latest local statistics, five-percent of Chautauqua County residents have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Health officials report overall, 11,457 people have received the first dose, 10.95 percent of the population, with 5,604 getting the second shot.
The vaccinations, Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says, greatly reduces the chances of becoming infected.
She says if the vaccinated person does become ill, the shot prevents serious complications from occurring.
“Your body has already built up an immune response, so it helps you to fight off the COVID-19 infection, so you don’t get severely ill after you’ve been vaccinated,” explained Schuyler.
Officials say New York’s distribution network and large population of eligible individuals still far exceeds the supply coming from the federal government.
Furthermore, the state, like many nationwide, continues to fight for more vaccine supply and better distribution coordination from the federal government.
New Yorkers are encouraged to be patient and advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment.
This story has been updated to reflect new local vaccine statistics.