Albany County sheriff's vaccine drive-through

Kumi Tucker
Updated: January 12, 2021 06:52 PM
Created: January 12, 2021 05:50 PM

ALBANY - Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says he got 223 people vaccinated in just two and a half hours with his drive-through two days ago. Now, he's planning for the next one. 

The line of cars moved quickly Sunday in the sheriff's first vaccine drive-through.  

"You drive through, go sit in your car, you're watched by medics in an ambulance, after your time, drive away, see you later. And it went really well," said Sheriff Apple.  

He says the governor's office has been extremely helpful, allowing him to show how this method worked with people from Group 1A. Now he's hoping for more doses. 

"But don't forget: county health has got things going. State health has got things going. Our contiguous counties have got things going. So we're just a small piece in this big wheel. But I'm very confident in our ability."

People have been frustrated trying to get the vaccine, like Shawn Crete of South Glens Falls, who NewsChannel 13 first showed you Monday night, trying to get the vaccine for his 90-year-old mother Ada. 

"You can't get through to anybody, so it's definitely disheartening," he said Monday night. 

NewsChannel 13 checked in with him again the next day, and he said he still hasn't been able to get a spot.  

In Albany County, Apple says he plans to deliver the vaccines to people who can't get out, and soon, he'll set up a phone bank with eight lines to get people in.  

"So I can't engage any of that or give out the number until we know we're going to have vaccines," said the sheriff. "And I know that everybody in the state is looking for it. I see the counties screaming and yelling, but—I don't want to sound cocky, but I'm going to tell you right now that we can do this drive-through better than anyone. You get us the vaccines, and we will push them out faster than anyone."

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