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COVID-19 Vaccine

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking at Binghamton University April 27, 2021.
WSKG/Vaughn Golden

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York is one tenth of a percentage point away from his goal of 70% of New Yorkers 18 and older getting at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  

The clubhouse at Saratoga Race Course
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Tickets for the summer racing season at Saratoga Race Course will go on sale June 9th. And fans can reportedly expect a close-to-normal experience after the general public was excluded from the Spa last summer.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy speaks during a COVID briefing, May 17, 2021.

With hospitalization rates sharply down and statistics showing COVID-19 on the wane, local officials continue to stress the importance of vaccinations.

The COVID-19 vaccine moves from cold storage at the Department of Health to coolers and is transported to the TU Center for mass vaccination clinics.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Public health and social justice organizations are calling for pharmacists to be allowed to administer all CDC recommended vaccines.

Vials of COVID-19 vaccine
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

    Coronavirus infections are rising in Springfield, Massachusetts even as vaccines become more widely available.

Governor Andrew Cuomo receives the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine from Dr. Jacqueline Delmont of SOMOS Healthcare at a pop-up vaccination site in Harlem in March.
Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut have paused administering the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, after the FDA and CDC recommended halting the doses because a small percentage of recipients developed blood clots. 

NYS To Distribute Vaccines To SUNY, CUNY

Apr 12, 2021
SUNY Oneonta Campus
Jesse King / WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that New York state will distribute COVID-19 vaccines directly to state and New York City public colleges and universities with the aim of vaccinating as many college students as possible before the end of the spring semester. 

Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko held a telephone town hall Thursday night. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, participants were eager to ask their representative and experts about the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

A green awning with a sheriff's badge logo is in front of a beige building under a blue sky
Josh Landes / WAMC

As the COVID-19 vaccination rollout continues across Massachusetts, the Berkshire House of Correction in Lanesborough is taking part. Nationwide, congregate settings like county jails have struggled to control coronavirus spread. WAMC spoke with facility Assistant Superintendent Daniel Sheridan about the effort – among staff and inmates alike.

Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen (left) and WAMC's Jackie Orchard (right) at the Times Union Center COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

As many of us wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you may be wondering what the experience will be like. WAMC’s Jackie Orchard recently toured the Albany Times Union Center mass vaccination clinic.

Colleen Laico, from Kingston, NY, a medical professional at the ER at Kingston Hospital, receives her COVID-19 vaccination at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, December 18, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

The City of Newburgh is offering free transportation to COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

A COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

New York state expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents 30 and older Tuesday, and those 16 and up can start receiving shots April 6th. Pharmacists are ready.

A police officer gets vaccinated
Norwell Police / Twitter

As New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, he says the state will establish a mass vaccination site in Rockland County.

Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman vaccinates Sophia Bott at her Greenwood Lake home on Sunday, March 21st. Seated behind Bott is one of her caregivers, Karen Eskholme.
Courtesy of the Orange County Department of Health

As part of a program to vaccinate homebound residents against COVID-19, the Orange County health commissioner vaccinated a 107-year-old woman on Sunday.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan at the Washington Ave. Armory.
Sabrina Flores

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan was vaccinated against COVID-19 Wednesday at the Washington Avenue Armory.

Vials of COVID-19 vaccine
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday that all Massachusetts residents age 16 and older will be eligible for a coronavirus vaccine beginning April 19.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, city officials and stakeholders at the Washington Park Lakehouse.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Responding to President Biden’s signing of the American Rescue Plan and the continued expansion of COVID vaccine availability, Mayor Kathy Sheehan launched an effort she’s calling “Restart Albany” Friday in Washington Park.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 9, 2021 in Syracuse.

New York will lower COVID-19 vaccine eligibility from age 65 to 60 this week, and soon loosen restrictions on vaccination sites that local officials have criticized, under a plan Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

Springfield Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris with a chart
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

  Approaching the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus public health emergency in Massachusetts on Wednesday, there is optimism as new COVID-19 cases fall and vaccinations increase.  

Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is introducing legislation to establish a process to prioritize COVID-19 vaccines for older residents.

Vermont Statehouse
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermonters 65 and up will be able to sign up for a COVID vaccine starting next week. 

A flyer promoting the Unmasking Covid-19: Vaccine Q&A event on Tuesday, February 23rd.
Unmasking Covid-19: Vaccine Q&A

A virtual panel discussion dedicated to Berkshire County communities of color will address fears, misinformation and questions around the COVID-19 vaccine next week.

People in masks enter a building
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

The COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Massachusetts moved into a new phase today. Residents 65 and up and those with two or more comorbidities can now schedule appointments. But the process has been rocky. The state’s vaccine website crashed immediately this morning when appointment signups were supposed to begin. WAMC spoke today with Berkshire County Boards of Health Association and Berkshire Public Health Alliance Director Laura Kittross of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.

Joining us on the line is virologist Dr. Eric Yager of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and he is ready to take your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and the virus in general.

MA Expanding COVID Vaccine Eligibility

Feb 17, 2021
A police officer gets vaccinated
Norwell Police / Twitter

Massachusetts residents aged 65 and older, and those 16 and older with two approved comorbidities, can book COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting Thursday.

People wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the University at Albany
Jesse King / WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and officials from President Joe Biden’s administration say they will open mass COVID-19 vaccination sites in medically underserved areas, beginning in Queens and Brooklyn, and later upstate.

People wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine outside the Times Union Center in Albany
Ian Pickus / WAMC

Albany County is launching a pre-registration tool for COVID-19 vaccines. County Executive Dan McCoy says it is currently open to people in the state’s 1A and 1B categories – as those are the populations counties have been instructed to vaccinate.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shipment
Courtesy of ParCare Health & Medical Center

About one in every 10 New Yorkers has now received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the federal government is expected to boost the state’s supply of the injection over the next three weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

A COVID-19 vaccination site at the University at Albany
Jesse King / WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo is expanding the list of New Yorkers who will be eligible to receive vaccinations.  He says on February 15 people with co-morbidities, as defined by the CDC, will be able to sign up for appointments. The governor also says that African-Americans and Latinos are getting vaccinated at a lower rate than whites or Asians, and he wants to correct that.

COVID Vaccination Sites Are Popping Up Around NYS

Feb 3, 2021
A police officer gets vaccinated
Norwell Police / Twitter

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that 35 community-based pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites are coming online this week, and six are in the Hudson Valley.