Pfizer vaccine shortage could be problem for Albany County teens

Jerry Gretzinger
Created: April 05, 2021 07:53 PM

While vaccine eligibility expands to everyone ages 16 and older in New York state on Tuesday, April 6, Albany County leaders say eligible teenagers could still be turned away.

While the county received a nice boost of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, they did not get Pfizer, which is the only one approved for the 16 to 18-year-old population.

County Health Commissioner Elizabeth Whalen says there are other providers in the county that have Pfizer available. Just make sure they have it before bringing your 16-year-old for a shot.

More than 20% of county residents are now fully vaccinated. Because of that, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says he's getting lots of questions about when schools can open back up at 100%.

People are citing the CDC guidelines that say three feet of social distancing is now enough.

Hear what McCoy says he's waiting on by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's story.


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