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Many out-of-towners taking SUNY Poly vaccine appointments

If you get your COVID-19 vaccine at the state-run mass vaccination site at SUNY Poly, in Marcy, you might see some unfamiliar faces.

Posted: Jan 20, 2021 5:46 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2021 5:51 PM

MARCY, N.Y. -- If you get your COVID-19 vaccine at the state-run mass vaccination site at SUNY Poly, in Marcy, you might see some unfamiliar faces. Many people from as far as Albany and even Greene County booked appointments in Marcy, rather than wait two months or more to be vaccinated where they live.

"Well, first of all, it's not a bad drive," said Saul Abrams, of Albany. "Second of all, the SUNY Albany place is booked up through March and April and there were a lot of appointments available here in the Utica area."

Eighty-seven-year-old Arthur Christopher, of New Hartford, doesn't have a computer. His son was able to get him an vaccine appointment at SUNY Poly, but not until April 1.

"Like everyone else, I wanted to get my shots because I'm really afraid to go out. I'm old, I have stents, so I have slight medical disability," said Christopher.

Oneida County on Wednesday received their weekly shipment of vaccine doses from the state. They were a day later than usual, and far fewer than usual; enough to vaccinate local people for one day at the county's MVCC Utica and Griffis Rome sites. County Executive Anthony Picente says he'd welcome the state-run POD if the state gave him enough doses to vaccinate his citizens more than one day a week.

"People want a shot, don't care where, it's like anything else in life, don't care where they're gonna get it as long as they're gonna get it. So I understand that. My point is, we could be doing a lot more. We could be getting to these people faster," said Picente.

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