OLEAN – Cattaraugus County’s first state-run mass vaccination site got off to a good start over the weekend, vaccinating hundreds at SUNY JCC’s Olean campus.
From Saturday through Sunday the site vaccinated residents from not just Cattaraugus County but other areas of Western New York as well.
Of the shots administered on Friday, just over 52 percent went directly to Cattaraugus County residents, with around 20 percent of appointments booked from those living in Chautauqua County and 15 percent from Allegany County.
Local health officials say the site targets those living in the “southern tier,” however, the online appointment registration system is open to all New Yorkers.
In total, more than 3,000 people will receive Johnson & Johnson’s dose in what is the first distribution site for that serum in the local area.
Vaccinations at the site run through Tuesday.
The site is managed by the New York State DEC, with assistance from the Cattaraugus County Emergency Services Department and volunteers from various local health departments.