Wyoming completes first vaccinations

Wyoming County continues to issue the coronavirus vaccines to those eligible. Nursing home residents and health care workers are among those included in the initial round.

WARSAW — The Wyoming County Community Health System has distributed nearly all its initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

In coordination with Wyoming County Health Department, administered 956 of its 960 doses, which equals 99.5 percent, as of Friday, county officials said in a news release.

The doses were given to high-priority recipients including nursing home residents and health care workers. The total does not include additional doses administered to residents and staff of Wyoming County nursing homes by the retail pharmacies program through the federal government.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Monday briefing had noted Wyoming County Community Hospital as among the lowest-performing hospitals statewide in terms of vaccine distribution. He said only 26 percent of doses had been given.

County officials sought to clarify that on Friday. They noted a data issue caused by staff shortages at the state level.

“New York State previously reported that Wyoming County had not administered the doses designated for priority populations,” the officials said. “There was a delay in uploading the data into the New York State Immunization Information System, which tracks vaccine administration.

“Data is required to be input manually, and additional support has been allocated for this task,” they said. “As of Jan. 8, all vaccination information has been input into the NYSIIS tracking system.”

The county remains committed, they said.

“Our first priority is making sure that we are utilizing all of the doses that we are given for the priority populations the state has designated,” said Chairwoman Rebecca Ryan of the county’s Board of Supervisors in the statement. “Our hospital and staff continue to work very hard to serve our residents, protect high priority populations, and care for patients.

“The staff at the hospital, Health Department, and Emergency Management activated their plan and moved quickly to administer available vaccines to priority populations designated by the state,” she said. “This has been accomplished and as of today, no vaccines were returned or discarded.”

WCCHS and Health Department staff are now preparing for the next phases of vaccination distribution.

Those in the priority population under Phase 1A guidelines are currently eligible. Guidelines can be found at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine.

Those eligible in the Phase 1A population are encouraged to register online at https://tinyurl.com/y3uhu7dw for the vaccination clinic scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the county Highway Department on 4328 Route 19 in Rock Glen.

Those eligible must sign a statement and provide proof of eligibility at the vaccination clinic, such as a paystub or employer issued ID tag. Additional clinics will be scheduled in the near future based on the supply of vaccine.

Officials are reminding residents that Wyoming County is experiencing high community transmission of the COVID- 19 virus.

“It is imperative that all of our citizens take every precaution to protect each other and our most vulnerable populations,” they said. “We strongly encourage the continued use of face coverings and social distancing, frequent hand washing, and avoiding people by staying home if you feel sick.”

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