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Will vaccinations be the deciding factor in going back to school, or not?

A multi-phased plan for mass vaccinations is under way, but how long will it take before school districts decide to institute full in-school learning?

Posted: Jan 12, 2021 5:17 PM
Updated: Jan 12, 2021 6:24 PM

New York State will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in phases based on need and risk. Phase 1B opened up vaccinations to a wide range of essential frontline workers including teachers. Many teachers like substitute teacher, Maryanne Krasinski, came to the MVCC Jorgenson Center to get their vaccine.

"The spots are going very fast, and it took me quite a while to get a spot, so you know you can’t delay. You have to move quickly," she said.

SUNY Morrisville teacher, Gregory Sydoriw, and several other people said it took about an hour and a half before receiving the vaccination.

"It was a little bit longer than I thought it was going to be considering they were only scheduling 7 appointments at any given time, but I’m sure it didn’t help that people were showing up early before their actual scheduled time," he said.

Time is what County Executive Anthony Picente is hoping for. He believes the County’s COVID-19 numbers should come down before schools consider reopening their doors.

"With the limited vaccines, and as they come in this overall sporadic way, you know do a specific vaccination pod for teachers. Maybe somewhere down the road. Later on that could occur, but right now it’s a matter of getting the vaccine to as many people as we can, and that’s in really the most vulnerable and the frontline people," said Picente.

The County Executive is planning on meeting with school districts throughout the area on Thursday, Jan.14. Ultimately it is up to each individual school district to decide on whether to return to in-class learning or not.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1279811

Reported Deaths: 41587
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens1600187889
Kings1568738092
Suffolk1298042624
Nassau1160652581
Bronx1069555302
Westchester857231819
New York765463456
Erie524731390
Richmond455161388
Monroe44631780
Rockland32137817
Orange29078656
Onondaga27948535
Oneida16976352
Dutchess16963322
Albany16521260
Niagara12229248
Broome11255260
Saratoga937583
Schenectady8770128
Ulster7822196
Rensselaer6965106
Putnam657675
Chautauqua566064
Chemung5643108
Oswego496169
Ontario477082
Steuben4632131
Cayuga447471
Sullivan388749
Wayne372254
Genesee3689100
St. Lawrence368563
Herkimer368259
Cattaraugus342761
Jefferson327224
Madison317376
Livingston273742
Tompkins270724
Cortland266854
Columbia252472
Allegany237575
Montgomery226575
Tioga222854
Wyoming221244
Clinton220918
Fulton214053
Warren211942
Greene207860
Orleans194569
Chenango179544
Otsego173823
Washington154224
Lewis154024
Seneca123946
Franklin11649
Delaware102923
Essex98819
Schoharie9145
Yates83519
Schuyler72410
Hamilton1471
Unassigned53122
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