January 25, 2021
BATH, NY – Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says that a rule coming down from New York State says that those who are age 65 and older, are not allowed to get the vaccine yet from county health departments. Wheeler says that is because the state wants the vaccines given out in a certain order. “They (the state) have directed hospitals to focus on health care workers, counties to focus only on the essential workers, the pharmacies to those 65 and older,” Wheeler said. “We were told last week that the counties (county health dept’s) cannot vaccinate anyone 65+. So if we had a few extra doses at one of our clinics,” WHeeler told Wlea News, “under the state’s rule, if a 90 year old person walks up to one of our vaccication clinics we cannot vaccinate them. Which to me is just mindboggling.”
Pharmacies have been told to give out the vaccines to those who are 65 and older. Pharmacies are the organizations to go to if you are in the age group of 65 and older.