With nearly 3 million more people now eligible to get vaccinated, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says the county plans to set up a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Griffiss in Rome.
Picente is hoping to have the site functioning by the end of the week, or this weekend.
People in Phase 1B could start scheduling vaccination appointments on Monday, Jan. 11, and already most local sites are booked through the end of the week.
Amid a surge in the region, Picente hopes ramping up vaccination will curb the spread.
“Get people back to work, back to school, back to activities that we so enjoy. I’m more optimistic that as we continue to do this, the numbers will come down as we can turn the corner over the next month or two,” said Picente. “I know the dates given by other officials seem to be way down the road. Working together, and certainly getting more vaccines will improve our conditions overall.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state health department estimates the vaccine will reach the general public by March or April.
Picente will meet with school officials this week to discuss plans to get teachers vaccinated and get back to in-person learning.
The county has already started holding vaccination clinics at Mohawk Valley Community College, but all appointments are booked through Jan. 15.
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