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New York's vaccine rollout still slow going

Jan 12, 2021 6:33 am
The Daily Freeman reported that Ulster County's primary COVID-19 vaccination center opened Jan. 11 in Kingston, with a location at Ellenville Regional Hospital, and three others in Dutchess County scheduled to open later in the week. The Dutchess County are at Behavioral & Community Health's Mental Health Campus on North Road in Poughkeepsie, which opens Jan. 13, and the former JCPenney store in the Poughkeepsie Galleria, which starts inoculating Jan. 15, and Dover Middle/High School in Dover Plains, which begins vaccine shots on Jan. 16. If eligible, Ulster County residents should go to covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/vaccine-resource-center to sign up for a vaccine, and Dutchess residents should go to dutchessny.gov/covidvaccine. But Dutchess County reported Jan. 11 that they have, "no appointments currently available at the points of dispensing established by Dutchess County government due to the limited number of doses made available to the county from New York state." New York State unveiled its "1b" vaccine plan Jan. 11. The state has been criticized for a slow vaccine rollout so far, and New York rolled out its new telephone line to sign up for vaccines on Jan. 11. To schedule appointments call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX or (1-833-697-4829), but on the first day there were many busy signals. And the Times Union reported that teachers in Rensselaer County and Westchester County got all the vaccine shots there Jan. 11, on the first day of the expanded eligibility. While the vaccines numbers are not large yet, the case count numbers continue to climb. Greene County reported 177 new COVID-19 positive tests Jan. 11, and four more deaths. Cairo-Durham schools announced three more cases: a high school student, and two staff members at Cairo-Durham Middle/High School. Columbia County reported 42 more coronavirus cases and one more death on Jan. 11. Rensselaer County confirmed 275 new positive tests. In Albany County there were 216 new cases, and four more deaths. There were also 21 inmates testing positive for COVID-19 at the Albany County jail. Ulster County reported 88 new cases of the illness, and two more deaths. Dutchess County reported three more deaths, and 259 newly diagnosed cases of COVID, on Jan. 11.