ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Three new short term mass vaccination sites that will utilize the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be opening across New York State — one right in Batavia.
SUNY Genesee Community College will open on Friday. The sites will administer 3,500 Johnson & Johnson vaccines. New York will partner with local medical providers in setting up the operating these sites. The other two sites include at Marist College in Poughkeepsie and Jamestown Community College in Olean.
This comes about a week after county leaders wrote a letter to the governor asking for a mass vaccination site at that exact location. Rural residents like Haley Sten and Florence Pascucci also agree they’ve been feeling a little left out of the COVID response, being in less-populated towns.
“A couple weeks ago, data came out showing rates in local counties, showed rural counties around Monroe clearly lagging, particularly Orleans,” Public Health Director Paul Pettit said. “As of right now only 10.8% Orleans county residents received their first dose compared to 15.6% of the entire state.”
Pettit said it’s going to be a great boost, but it’s not quite what they were asking for. The plan he and other county leaders envisioned was to have ths ite be just for Orleans, Wyoming and Genesee Counties. But it will be for the whole state. The site also won’t be permanent like they requested.
“The state put together a new model there’s three of those sites happening this weekend and next week plan is to rotate this into other areas,” he said. “We were looking for permanent site, thought best way to get more allocations, but again this will be a boost for us ultimately we need to see increased allocation on a weekly basis.”
Pettit said as soon as the link to schedule appointments opened on Thursday, all of the 3,500 appointments were filled up within the hour.
Daniel Ireland with Rochester Regional Health says the area was getting far less doses than desired, if any at all. “The limiting factor is the supply, some weeks we would get none, others we would get a few hundred doses,” he said.
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The mass vaccination site will be operating during the following hours:
- Friday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
- Saturday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Sunday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Eligible New Yorkers are able to schedule appointments by utilizing New York’s ‘Am I Eligible’ website or by calling the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
New York expects to receive approximately 164,800 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week. As the federal supply of this new vaccine increases, these efforts will be adapted and expanded to other sites throughout the state.
On Wednesday, vaccination efforts went smoothly in the City of Rochester as officials were scheduled to compete 1,000 appointments for COVID-19 vaccines on the first full day of operations at the new mass vaccination site in the former Kodak Hawkeye parking lot.