TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Vaccination appointments have been delayed in Rensselaer County after more than 2,000 vaccines failed to show up. Executive Steve McLaughlin now says the county has no vaccines left and officials are working to contact those affected.
The delivery of 6,000,000 vaccines has been been delayed due to extreme weather across the country.
Around three quarters of the doses Rensselaer County expected to receive would have been second doses for senior citizens. A further 300 would have went to essential workers.
McLaughlin hopes the vaccines will arrive by Wednesday so the county can get back on track. He’s hoping the county will receive 6,000 doses, to help catch up and keep things on track, in total but can’t guarantee anything. “As soon as we get those shots, we’re going to be giving them to people. The folks that were due last week are going to get them first. The folks that are due this week…if we have to push them into next week a little bit we’ll do that. We don’t want to, but we will if he have too.”
Anyone who had an appointment scheduled with the county but hasn’t received a phone call should expect one soon. McLaughlin understands it’s difficult and confusing time, but he encourages everyone to stay patient. “Nobody is getting forgotten. We know absolutely every single person who is getting that second shot. We have the list, we know who it is, we got it.”
Anyone who is able to book a vaccine through a pharmacy instead is encouraged to do so, with McLaughlin urging residents to take the “first one available.”