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COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts, Eligibility, and Clinics

Submitted by gallagha on Wed, 02/03/2021 - 16:43

 

MAYVILLE, NY –COVID-19 vaccine providers are administering vaccine as quickly as they receive their allocations from New York State.  Currently, only hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, local health departments and certain pharmacies have received allocations of vaccine from the State. 

 

The Chautauqua County Health Department is capable of pulling aggregate data from the State’s electronic immunization system as it becomes available. 

 

“Information per individual vaccine provider, such as number of doses requested, received, and administered, is not available at the local level, therefore the only provider data available to us is our own,” said Christine Schuyler, Public Health Director.  “Through January 30, County clinics administered 2,766 first doses and 20 second doses. Not one dose of vaccine has gone to waste.” 

 

County Residents Vaccinated by All Entities (long-term care, hospitals, FQHC, health department, pharmacies):

  • First Doses Given = 8,693 (6.71% of County Residents)
  • Second Doses Given = 1,672 (1.29% of County Residents)

 

New York’s vaccine distribution plan currently includes Phase 1a and initial groups from Phase 1b. A complete list of those eligible can be found at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine. The New York State Department of Health is requiring targeted prioritization of certain eligible populations for vaccine administration. Accordingly, on January 15, county health departments were directed to prioritize essential workers in Phase 1b. Other enrolled vaccine providers were directed that they must prioritize other eligible populations (e.g., pharmacies must vaccinate those over 65; hospitals must prioritize 1a healthcare workers).

 

On January 30, county health departments were directed to prioritize OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities) residents and staff because hospitals had not been able to effectively reach this population. On February 2, Governor Cuomo announced that county health departments may expand the eligible Phase 1b group to include taxi/Uber drivers, restaurant workers, and those living and working in developmentally disabled facilities if they feel it works within their prioritization locally.

 

“Because we realized that OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities) residents and staff are very vulnerable to COVID-19 infection and complications and need special accommodations to receive vaccine, we partnered with local and state providers to vaccinate a significant amount of their residents and staff with first doses in early January as part of Phase 1a,” said Schuyler. “We’re hopeful that we will now be able to see this through if additional allocations come for this population as promised.”

 

Before making a decision on the expansion of the Phase 1b eligible groups, the county health department is waiting for written guidance from the NYSDOH.

 

“There is a limited supply of vaccine and an extremely large number of people already eligible in Phase 1b who have not yet received vaccine so further expansion at this time will need to be weighed out carefully,” said Schuyler.

 

 

 

General Information on COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

  • All clinics conducted by the County Health Department will be on the public health website (https://chqgov.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccine-information) with links to schedule appointments.
  • Links to check for clinics run by other vaccine providers, such as pharmacies, The Chautauqua Center and local hospitals, are also posted on the public health website.
  • To find a NYS-run clinic, visit the NYS Am I Eligible site or call 1-833-697-4829 (note: none currently in Chautauqua County).
  • Those over the age of 65 can call the Chautauqua County NY Connects Helpline at 716-753-4582, 716-661-7582, or 716-363-4582 and a representative will assist callers with vaccination options and collect personal information to make sure you stay updated.

 

County Health Department Clinics

  • All County-run clinics are full for this week. No new registration links will be posted before Monday, February 8.
  • As a general rule, scheduling links for County Health Department COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be posted between 12 pm on Mondays and 6 pm on Wednesdays. Stand-by registration links will be posted the following day. Opportunities outside of these days may be available as changes in the State’s allocation of vaccine occur.
  • It will be clearly marked if the clinic is full and you will not be able to schedule an appointment.
  • It is best to keep checking back frequently for additional clinics with available appointment times. 
  • Appointments cannot be made by phone at this time.
  • Important Clinic Information:
  • Arrive at your scheduled appointment time; do not arrive early.
  • Wear a short-sleeved shirt.
  • Bring proof of occupation or eligibility:
         -an employee ID card or badge
         -a letter from an employer or affiliated organization
         -a pay stub, depending on the specific priority status.
  • Do NOT sign up for an appointment if:
  • You are currently COVID-19 positive or are in quarantine.
  • You have received a different vaccine in the last 14 days (this includes flu and allergy shots unless directed by your healthcare provider).
  • You have received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma for treatment of COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
  • You do not qualify for the current vaccination phase. Verification must be provided at the clinic.
  • Stand-by Clinic Information
  • Successful registration for a stand-by dose of vaccine DOES NOT GUARANTEE that you will receive a vaccine. It means that you agree to be on site waiting for a call IN CASE extra doses are available.
  • If you are on the stand-by list, you MUST:
  • Be eligible to receive the vaccine in the phase advertised; verification and a photo ID is required
  • Provide a valid mobile phone number that you are available to answer on site
  • Arrive to the parking lot at the clinic at or before the time of your scheduled stand-by dose
  • Wait in your vehicle in the parking lot until you receive a call informing you whether or not you will receive a dose
  • Be available for Dose 2 twenty-eight (28) days later
  • If you DO receive a vaccine as a stand-by participant, you will be given instructions for how to register for the second dose at the clinic

 

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