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BATAVIA — Locations and schedules for COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been announced in Genesee and Orleans counties.

Details include:

n Genesee County — Vaccinations will be administered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Genesee Community College on 1 College Road.

The clinics will start Monday.

Vaccinations for the GCC vaccine clinics are through online appointment only at: https://on.ny.gov/39CBzSZ..

n Orleans County — Orleans County will host vaccinations 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Ridgeway Fire Hall on 11392 Ridge Rd. in Medina.

The clinics will start Tuesday.

Vaccinations for the Orleans County vaccine clinic are through online appointment only at: https://on.ny.gov/3qxwnHb.

Vaccinations at both sites will be conducted inside and are based on the availability of the vaccine.

People should not be calling the health departments, vaccination sites such as pharmacies or their provider to schedule a test, officials said in a news release.

The registration links will direct people to the New York State Department of Health website specific to available appointments for that provider.

If a person visits the Genesee County Department of Health Vaccine Webpage at http://bit.ly/39bfElNGOHealthVaccine and clicks the “Clinic Schedule” button and clicks one of the listed provider links to schedule an appointment, he or she will be directed to the appointment page on NYSDOH data management system for that provider’s vaccine clinic.

Those making appointments should be aware that the state appointment system has experienced technical issues due to the volume of people trying to access it for appointments.

If a person tries to schedule an appointment at a local pharmacy such as Tops Markets, Rite-Aid, etc. by visiting their website, whatever link you click on will direct you to the NYSDOH website for that location. Providers’ clinic schedules are subject to change based on vaccine availability.

“As we have stressed since the vaccine became available and the number of people eligible to receive the vaccine has increased significantly, we are urging people to be patient,” said Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments Director Paul Pettit. “Everything regarding scheduling a vaccine appointment no matter if you are trying through the county health department, through a local pharmacy or for the state-run clinics is being funneled to the state’s data management page.”

Pettit noted that at this time, there are approximately 50,000 residents in Genesee and Orleans County eligible to get the COVID19 vaccine and approximately 1,600 doses available this week, although all appointments are full. Vaccine allocation is on a week-by-week schedule, with the possibility of no vaccine to each of the providers requesting it.

“This is resulting in people receiving the message of ‘no appointments available’ when clicking on the link and we are being told anecdotally that some people keep clicking on the link for hours at a time and getting this same message,” Pettit said. “We don’t want to deter people for going on-line and trying to schedule an appointment, but we want to make them aware of what to expect because it can get frustrating very easily.”

Residents are asked to keep monitoring http://bit.ly/39bfElNGOHealthVaccine and the state site at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ for a list of additional clinics to receive the vaccine.

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