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Vaccine Sign-Up Confusion In NY Continues

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One day after announcing that five new state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites are opening this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office is warning that appointments for the limited number of vaccines at those sites are already booked through April.

On Wednesday, Cuomo’s office announced that large scale vaccination Sites at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, the Westchester County Center, New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, SUNY Albany and at Jones Beach all are opening this week, and will vaccinate thousands of New Yorkers in the coming months. But by Thursday, a disclaimer on the governor’s website says that most appointments at the state run sites are already filled through the end of April.

The state health department’s website previously listed other locations for the vaccine, including some pharmacies and hospitals, but those sites on Thursday had been removed from the website.

The disclaimer recommends that those eligible for the vaccine contact their local pharmacies, doctor’s offices and hospitals directly.

In the disclaimer, the state says with the inclusion of all New Yorkers over the age of 65, as well as health care workers and teachers, 7 million state residents are now eligible for the vaccine. But the federal government is only making available 300,000 does a week.

According to the state health department’s website, new vaccination sites are to open in the coming weeks, including at State University Centers in Buffalo, Binghamton, Potsdam and Stony Brook on Long Island, and at sites in Rochester, Plattsburgh and Utica.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of public radio stations in New York state. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.
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