Winter weather delays vaccine deliveries

MOUNT MORRIS – The Livingston County Department of Health has hundreds of vaccination slots still available for three upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

The clinics are scheduled for April 1, 2 and 6. There were 478 appointments available as of 1:20 p.m. today, according to the state Department of Health website.

The Livingston County Department of Health is primarily using the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

The upcoming clinics are available to New York residents who are:

n Essential workers in Phase 1a and 1b, including restaurant workers, shared ride services such as taxi and Uber drivers, public-facing government and public employees, not-for-profit workers who provide public-facing services to New Yorkers in need, or essential in-person public-facing building service workers.

n Individuals 30 years of age and older

n Those who are 18 years of age and older with chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart conditions and lung disease.

Beginning April 6, universal eligibility goes into effect, and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for 16 years and older. The Livingston County Department of Health is primarily using Moderna which is for 18 years of age and older.

The Livingston County COVID-19 vaccine clinics will take place at the County Department of Health on Murray Hill Drive, Mount Morris. The vaccinations are by appointment only.

Clinic times are scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1, with 197 appointments available as of 1:20 p.m. today; 1:20 to 2:40 p.m. April 2, with 104 spots available; and 4 to 7 p.m. April 6 with 177 spots available.

For more information and a registration link, visit the county website here.

For those without computer or Internet access, call 1 (877) 280-6775 to register.

Some stand-by slots are also available for the April 1 and 2 clinics.

Stand-by slots are open to those eligible for the clinic, and proof of eligibility is required if you are chosen for a stand-by slot, the health department said.

Sometimes because of cancellations and no shows there are unused doses of vaccine at the end of a clinic, the health department said on its vaccination website. While it is unknown how many extra doses may be available, the county health department opens a small number of slots at each clinic for people who would like to be on stand-by to receive a vaccine, if available.

Those who get a stand-by slot, must be on site at the time listed on the stand-by slot. Stand-by participants should wait in their vehicles until a staff member calls them to let them know if a dose is available. Participants should wait for 30 minutes from the time given on your confirmation. Vaccinations are not guaranteed for those on stand-by.

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