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Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine availability statement

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Mon, Jan 11th 2021 10:10 am

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is providing the following statement regarding the availability of COVID-19 vaccine at its PODs – points of dispensing.

Beginning at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 vaccination hotline will open for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

All vaccinations are by appointment only. ECDOH has a limited amount of vaccine and appointments through Tuesday, Jan. 12, for phase 1A individuals. Future POD schedules will depend on the amount of COVID-19 vaccine provided by New York state. Sign up to be notified of future Erie County PODs at https://www3.erie.gov/form/covid-19-vaccine-notification-fo.

The NYSDOH vaccine eligibility form incorrectly lists the ECDOH main phone number, 716-858-7690, and sexual health clinic, as a local provider for vaccine. This is incorrect information and ECDOH is working to have NYSDOH fix this as soon as possible.

ECDOH stated, “Our department is not making vaccination appointments over the phone at this time. Please do not call our COVID-19 information line or main office for vaccine scheduling. As of Monday morning, these calls are interfering with the ability to schedule Erie County residents for COVID-19 diagnostic testing and other general questions.”

Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein said, “We realize that there is intense interest in getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Right now, we need to temper that interest with patience. Our supply of vaccine is extremely limited. As Gov. Cuomo has stated, it will take months to work through the phase 1A and 1B populations.”

Other information from New York:

√ Health care workers who are part of phase 1A will continue to be vaccinated at hospitals and other clinical settings.

√ People age 75 and over will primarily be vaccinated at pharmacies and other sites that are part of the “retail network.” Use the online tool to find a location.

√ Public employees (for example, police departments, public school teachers and MTA employees) will primarily be vaccinated through their groups’ relevant health programs or as organized by their unions.

•NYSDOH vaccine eligibility prescreen form: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/Public/prescreener.

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