State-run vaccination site launches at UAlbany

Sam Hesler & WNYT Staff
Updated: January 15, 2021 07:42 PM
Created: January 15, 2021 01:41 PM

It is all hands on deck at UAlbany, as more New Yorkers roll up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The state-run COVID-19 vaccination site is appointment only for people like teachers, or those over the age of 65 who fall into Phase 1A or 1B.

As people streamed out of the vaccination site, the mood was joyous.

"I think this is just such an exciting day for everyone, for all of those educators out there getting the vaccine. I'm really looking forward to more people getting this opportunity," said Jennifer Gresens, Director of Academics at the Robert C. Parker School.

However, the site was not without issues.

"Unfortunately, when we got to scheduling the second appointment, the system crashed. Being the first day, I am sure they have a few kinks to work out. Hopefully it will be smoother," said Kathryn Bornt, a part-time teacher's aide in North Colonie.

Those impacted saying officials took down their information to schedule their second dose later on.

While it is full steam ahead at UAlbany, those looking to make an appointment could face a 14-week wait.

"With the limited doses we currently have, we are working through that," said Commissioner Patrick Murphy of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

He is encouraging people to continue to try to make reservations, as they will add more as they become available.

"Don't give up just because you couldn't get the reservation you wanted now. Continue to pursue what you're looking for," he added.

With about seven million New Yorkers currently eligible to be vaccinated, they say they are also taking steps to bulk up the state's vaccination hotline.

"We have diverted people to be able to help with the hotlines because the vaccination process is a priority for the state," Commissioner Murphy added.

To find out if you are eligible to get vaccinated, click here.

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