Oneida County set to suspend vaccination operations on Thursday

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Oneida County’s COVID-19 New York state-issued vaccine allotment will run out by Thursday, Jan. 21, resulting in the suspension of operations at the county’s vaccine distribution sites at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica and Griffiss International Airport in Rome.

“Unfortunately, due to a reduced vaccine allotment from the State of New York, we will be forced to suspend our operations on Thursday, Jan. 21,” said County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “We stand ready and willing to work with the state and federal governments to receive more vaccines so we can continue to put shots into the arms of our residents.”

Oneida County continues to increase vaccine capabilities and currently has the capacity to deliver 500 doses a day. To date, the county has received 4,300 vaccine doses. Next week’s allotment, which is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday has been reduced to 500 doses. The quantity of vaccines available from the state has steadily declined from 3,000 to 1,300, to 500 doses.

As of the morning of Jan. 17, Oneida County, through its Health Department, has administered 2,800 shots and has 1,500 remaining vaccine doses, not including the scheduled 500 doses yet to be received.

The county Health Department has 575 appointments scheduled for Sunday and Monday. The county will make appointments available for Tuesday and Wednesday while its supplies last. 

“We have been pleased with the way our PODs have operated during the past 10 days,” Picente added. “They are efficient and effective and I believe are an essential resource in vaccinating this community quickly. If and when we receive more shots we will reopen and get them out the door and in people’s arms as quick as possible.”

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