UTICA, N.Y. – Local leaders are calling on the state to address issues with vaccine distribution and appointment scheduling as millions try to reserve a spot to no avail.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo Friday, after the governor tried to fault the feds for New York’s vaccine problems.
Picente says the system would have run much smoother had the county governments been in charge from the beginning.
“When you look at what we have done at county government. The system we have in place is running very good. I’m proud of that system. We can do more if I get cooperation,” said Picente.
He doesn’t think it’s fair to place blame on others when the state put this distribution process in place.
“I can’t get cooperation from someone who takes credit when he writes a book about how great he did but then turns around and blames people for a vaccine distribution system that they set up, that they dictated, that they outlined -- and all of a sudden now, it's on the counties? No, l and people are smarter than that Mr. Governor,” Picente said.
State Sen. Joe Griffo, R-47, is also asking the governor to change the current plan, and prioritize vulnerable groups like the elderly.
“This is a problem, it's unacceptable,” said Griffo. "So, to see a 20-something-year-old get a shot because they're eligible and an 80-something-year-old not able to do that, it's wrong and it's got to be fixed now."
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