Saratoga and Schenectady County make plans as they await doses

Saratoga County

CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Schenectady and Saratoga County already have plans in place to timely vaccinate as many residents as possible.

On Tuesday, Saratoga County officials held a press conference at the Saratoga County Office Building to update residents on the local vaccination efforts so far.

“Vaccine is the weapon that will win this war against COVID-19,” said Dr. Daniel Kuhles, Commissioner of Saratoga County Public Health Services.

Saratoga County officials say they are ready to hit the ground running once the vaccine comes available.

“We currently have over a dozen and a half locations around the county that have been approved for vaccination efforts. They also have been having periodic drills at those locations as well,” said Theodore Kusnierz, Chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.

Saratoga County says they plan on one of their main mass vaccination sites to be at the Saratoga Springs City Center. As far as others, the county isn’t saying.

The county has already vaccinated more than 9,000 people with the first dose of the COVID-vaccine. More than 600 people have already received the second dose. Officials say Saratoga Springs City Center could great benefit the county.

“We could move thousands of individuals and get them vaccinated vey quickly through that facility,” saidTara Gaston, Saratoga Springs Supervisor and Chair of the Health Committee.

Schenectady County is gearing up as well. Vaccines may be available for Phase 1A and Phase 1B-eligible individuals at:

The county says they have the capacity to supply more vaccines.

“We are prepared at our library system, our community college and our neighboring partners to vaccinate many residents. Unfortunately Schenectady County is in this waiting pattern along with all the other counties waiting for supply of the vaccine,” said Rory Fluman, Schenectady County Manager. 

Both counties say you can sign up online to make an appointment through the New York State’s Health website.

“Nobody more than Schenectady County Public Health wants to vaccinate you more,” said Fluman. 

“We don’t want there to be any delay. Once we do have the availability we are ready to go. That’s why we are taking these actions today,” said Kusnierz 

On Tuesday, Saratoga County’s press conference included:

  • Theodore Kusnierz, Chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors
  • Supervisor Tara N. Gaston, Chair of the Health Committee
  • Supervisor Phil Barrett, Chair of Economic Development & Public Works
  • Dr. Daniel Kuhles, Commissioner of Saratoga County Public Health Services
  • Michael H. Zurlo, Saratoga County Sheriff

You can view the entire Saratoga County press briefing below.

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