MAYVILLE – The number of Chautauqua County residents vaccinated against COVID-19 has topped 20,000.
The county Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard announced the new data on Tuesday, saying 15 percent of residents have received the first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna’s shot.
More than 9,700 have received the second dose, or a dose of Johnson & Johnson’s single shot, making up seven percent of the population.
Locally, county health leaders have held several COVID-19 vaccination clinics for residents with comorbidities and those 65 and older at sites like the SUNY JCC gymnasium.
Starting Wednesday, those 60 and older are now among New Yorkers eligible to get the vaccine according to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“You know how you win a war, you go out and you win the war. You go out and you defeat the enemy. The enemy doesn’t defeat themselves. No war does the enemy defeat themselves. All the training that the National Guard received, the Army received. Nobody ever says, wait for the enemy to destroy themselves, go out there and crush them. You know how you crush them, you crush them with this vaccine, but we have to take it,” said Cuomo speaking at a vaccination site in Syracuse Tuesday. “Then let’s get back to work, let’s rebuild this economy, let’s rebuild this state, let’s get our lives back to normal, let’s get children back in school, let’s get paychecks back in homes, let’s get normal society functioning again. This vaccine is the ticket. We just have to make it happen.”
It is still difficult for to book an appointment, however, those 65 and older are encouraged to seek appointments at their local pharmacy or sign up at a state or county run vaccination clinic by visiting the ‘Am I Eligible’ site or ChqGov.com.
As for COVID-19 activity, the numbers remain relatively low with around 20 new cases reported per day.
For the first time since October, the number of active COVID-19 cases in nearby Cattaraugus County has dropped below 100.
The Cattaraugus County Health Department says there are now 94 active cases countywide with a seven-day average infection rate of 1.8 percent.