Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell praised the county health department for establishing COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites, and called for the public’s patience as we await more vaccine supply.
The Putnam County Department of Health administered 307 vaccines to seniors 75 and older and essential workers on Thursday at the Philipstown Recreation Center. That follows two successful vaccine points of dispensing, or PODS, at the Carmel Friendship Center, which vaccinated 611 people.
“Thursday’s venue was ideal, it means the health department now has a location in Philipstown and another in Carmel to administer the vaccine,” said County Executive Odell. “I even heard seniors remark how nice it was to see friends who they hadn’t seen since the Office of Senior Resources programs were paused early last year.”
Although the county health department has set up facilities to distribute the vaccine, demand still far outstrips supply. More than 7 million New Yorkers are eligible to be vaccinated but the state only received 300,000 doses a week from the federal government. As of Friday, the county health department had no vaccine and no indication when it will receive a new allocation from the state.
The state has a wide network of vaccine dispensers. Hospitals have been charged with vaccinating doctors, nurses and medical workers. Local health departments are charged with vaccinating essential workers identified as part of Phase 1B – first responders, educators and more. Local pharmacies are charged with vaccinating those aged 65 plus, but since there were problems with some pharmacies in Putnam County, the state asked the county’s health department to vaccinate the seniors.
“We need to ask for your continued patience,” Odell said. “This is hard on everyone, but I know it is especially hard on our seniors, who are the most vulnerable to the virus and, often, the most isolated. We are working as best we can to get you vaccinated, and as soon as we get more supply, we will. The best we can do now, is keep you informed. ”
Here is the latest advisory from our health department:
PUTNAM COUNTY COVID VACCINATION INFO UPDATED: January 15, 2021
VACCINE APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY:
Putnam County does not have vaccine availability at this time.
ELIGIBLE GROUPS: 1a and 1b. More info here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine
NYS vaccination sites may have changing availability. To check for appointments at a NYS vaccination site, please click here. Or visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.
When a Putnam County DOH Point of Distribution clinic (POD) is scheduled, the link will be sent directly to specific organizations the state requires us to vaccinate, or shared on the Putnam County Department of Health website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health as appropriate.
The health department is made aware of our vaccine allotment and assignments from NYS on a weekly basis. As such, Putnam will be scheduling Point of Distribution clinics less than 1 week in advance for the first dose.
We are eager to vaccinate our community and thank you for your patience as the rollout continues.