Rensselaer County prepares for next vaccination clinic

Kumi Tucker
Updated: January 26, 2021 06:49 PM
Created: January 26, 2021 05:35 PM

TROY - A recent three-day vaccination clinic at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy gave out 1,500 doses of the coveted COVID vaccine. 

Of those doses, 1,200 were meant for seniors because County Executive Steve McLaughlin says there aren't many pharmacies in the county giving out vaccines. 

"It's working really well, and we expect that to continue, and we're very proud that we got 100% of our shots out the door, when the region is somewhere around 68 to 70. To get 100% is really a tribute to our folks," said McLaughlin. 

He says it shows what counties are capable of. 

Some were upset that appointments through the state website were snapped up too quickly, and so as the county is gearing up now for the next vaccination clinic, the county executive is making some changes.

"Once it was out on the state website, they were gone. Rapidly," he said.  "So what we've done now is it'll be up very, very shortly, we'll have our own link which will be specific to our site and I think that's going to help."

Authorities say eligible county residents should keep an eye on the county website and social media sites.

All around the country, demand is outpacing supply, and places like Rensselaer County schedule quickly when they know they have the doses.

"Highly successful rollout which I think it shows what the counties are capable of doing," said McLaughlin. "Which is why we've said all along that counties need to be really the tip of the spear here, as far as getting this done for people."

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