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Allegany County Will Get A State Run Covid Vaccination Site

December 10, 2021

ALLEGANY COUNTY, NY – Allegany Hope reports that Allegany County is going to get a state run Covid site.

From The Allegany Hope Facebook Page:

Allegany County, with the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rate in the state, is slated to become a state-run COVID-19 vaccination site, although details are very sketchy.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced at an afternoon press briefing that the county is one of nine new sites across Upstate New York which will join 14 others located in metropolitan areas of the state, which have included Rochester and Buffalo.
Allegany County Department of Health Director Tyler Shaw tells Allegany Hope that “this is exciting news” but he only learned about it today and doesn’t have details.
We have reached out to the governor’s office for more information as to the operation, but haven’t received a response as of this writing.
Hochul’s announcement, accompanied by a slide, was that:
“We have brand new ones (vaccination sites) in Allegheny (misspelled in the printed transcript), Broome, Clinton, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Fulton, Suffolk, and Yates (counties).
“ Again, this is in coordination with the local public Health Departments. This is not us telling them they have to have this. This is. These are areas we can bring more resources and these are the places that we’re doing it already.
“So these are bases, also we’ve identified places that had outreach. We know the vaccination rates are too low and they can continue to increase.”
Shaw said he talked with the State Health Department’s regional office today but that further information isn’t expected to be available until next week in regard to proposed operational aspects.
Allegany County’s first-dose vaccination rate yesterday was 46 percent, 3.4 percent under second-to-last Tioga County, while the statewide level was 74.9, or more than 60 percent higher.
The county has been in last place since almost the start of reported data tracking, while at different times being highest in the state for positivity of tests-to-positives and new cases per 100,000 population, both recorded on a seven-day average.
Allegany was first in positivity in the state for the second day in the row, at 13.8 percent, and eighth in cases per 100,000 at 98.5, both before a record one-day surge recorded yesterday by the county health department was recorded. New state data for yesterday hasn’t yet been posted for the county.