Thousands of COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Capital Region


Thousands of COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Capital Region

CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Capital Region Hub Vaccine Network announced over 17,000 COVID-19 vaccines have delivered to the Capital Region this week.

For many counties it’s been an uphill battle to get their hands on the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We are ready to go. We got volunteers ready to do their thing. We just don’t have the doses right now,” said Don Lehman, Warren County Director of Public Affairs.  

The Capital Region Hub Vaccine Network says the doses are coming slowly but surely. Albany Med is the coordinator for the Capital Region Hub of the Regional Vaccine Network. They are developing plans to ensure the safe, equitable and efficient distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine across Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties.

Albany Med reported 9,750 Pfizer doses have been delivered to the University of Albany vaccine clinic. The state is opening a mass-vaccination site there on Friday.

The doses are being kept at the Wadsworth Center, a state-run laboratory in Albany that has deep-freeze storage facilities.

8,000 of the Moderna vaccine will be split amongst the area counties.

Local officials say being apart of the Capital Region Hub Vaccine Network has been very helpful.

“Everyday we get intel on who has vaccines, whose doing vaccine clinics and when they might expect more vaccines doses,” said Lehman.

“It’s all about the logistics of trying to get the vaccine in the arms of everybody in the Capital Region. That’s what the hub’s job is to work out the logistics and how it going to happen now and into the future,” said Jack Mabb, Director of Columbia County Health Department.

Of the 8,000 Moderna doses, Ellis Hospital is receiving 400 and Albany Med will have 1,000 doses. 

Here is a breakdown of each county.

Rennsselaer County Health Department: 100

Albany County Health Department: 500

Schenectady County Health Department: 400

Saratoga County Health Department: 1,500

Columbia County Health Department: 300

Greene County Health Department: 500

For counties like Fulton Montgomery, they still feel left behind. They are in the Mohawk Region and are not apart of the Capital Region Hub Vaccine Network. Despite not getting many vaccines, Montgomery County is taking action by creating a waitlist hotline for their residents.

“Until that supply of vaccines grow, we are going to be stuck in this situation. That is why we thought of creating a hotline because we can answer peoples questions, get there information and communicate with them via email,” said Matt Ossenfort, Montgomery County Executive.

County Executive Ossenfort is also suggesting another tip if you are struggling to get your shot.

“If you can seek a vaccine appointment else where go for it. There’s nothing to stop you from getting a vaccine,” said he. 

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