October 28, 2021

County seeks to dispense 1,600 vaccine doses

After receiving 1,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week — the greatest amount it has yet received Cortland plans the second of two major vaccination clinics Friday.

The first was Wednesday; the second will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

“Unfortunately, we don’t find out until the week of the clinics how many doses we are going to receive,” said Eric Mulvihill, the clerk of the Cortland County Legislature. “We have been scheduling people up until this point because the supply is so limited. … Availability is ramping up very quickly.”

All people eligible under phases 1a and 1b of the state’s vaccination can get the vaccination, including anyone over 50, adults with comorbidities, healthcare workers, teachers, law enforcement personnel, nonprofit and public-facing employees, the county announced on its Facebook page.

About 340 appointments remained available Wednesday evening, Mulvihill said.

Go to tinyurl.com/nxt9akhj to make an appointment.

If you need assistance with registration due to lack of internet access, call the Cortland County COVID-19 hotline at 607-756-3415.

When you arrive at the clinic at SUNY Cortland’s Park Center, you will need proof of eligibility:

  • For age and state residency, a New York driver’s license or non-driver ID.
  • Phase 1b and 1a employees will need an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a paystub, photo ID or professional license.
  • People with eligible comorbidities will need a doctor’s letter of medical information evidencing comorbidity or signed certification.

When you arrive at the clinic, please have photo ID and dress so the vaccinator can access your arm.

Do not come to the clinic if you feel ill, if you are awaiting COVID-19 test results, if you are in isolation because of a COVID-19 diagnosis, or if you are in quarantine because of travel or recent exposure.

“We are doing everything in our power to make sure no dose gets wasted, but we are starting to, I believe, to run into that saturation point,” Mulvihill said.

By the end of the day Tuesday, county-run clinics, pharmacies and vaccination sites outside Cortland County have administered the first dose to 12,211 Cortland County residents, the state Health Department reports.

That’s about 25.5% of the county’s population. The state reports 6,313 Cortland County residents have received the full course of shots.