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Erie County, Pegula Sports & Entertainment partner to open COVID-19 vaccination clinic at KeyBank Center

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Fri, Mar 5th 2021 09:30 am

Lexus Club to serve as site for anticipated 1,000 vaccinations per day

Accessible downtown location offers parking, is on public transportation lines; will be county’s third point-of-distribution for vaccination

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Thursday announced the county’s partnership with Pegula Sports & Entertainment and the Buffalo Sabres to open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo. The Lexus Club, an accessible downtown location with parking, which is also located on public transportation lines, will serve as the site for the Erie County Health Department’s third point-of-distribution for vaccinations. Upon activation, it is envisioned the KeyBank Center POD could administer more than 1,000 vaccinations a day.

“I thank the Pegulas, Pegula Sports & Entertainment and the Buffalo Sabres for providing the KeyBank Center location as the site for a new Erie County vaccination POD and we look forward to opening this site as soon as possible,” Poloncarz said. “Their commitment to our area and to protecting our residents stands out and is greatly appreciated as we work towards getting more and more people vaccinated. This site is well-placed to serve the City of Buffalo and all of Erie County, and as more vaccines become available we will be able to increase operations here.

“Together with existing county vaccination PODs at SUNY Erie South and SUNY Erie North, we are expanding our capacity to vaccinate more residents and protect more people.”

President and CEO of Pegula Sports & Entertainment and owner/President of the Buffalo Sabres Kim Pegula said, “Our organization is proud to work with County Executive Mark Poloncarz and his team to help provide as many vaccinations as possible to our community. We appreciate the work of our front-line health care workers and are happy to help in any way that we can.”

Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein said, “We appreciate having this new, accessible location available to our vaccination teams. With three safe and effective vaccines available and supplies increasing, our department is ready to get to work vaccinating Erie County residents with this important tool in our COVID-19 prevention toolkit.”

This site will open on Wednesday, March 10, with appointments specifically for individuals ages 65 and older. Appointments are required and will be opened as vaccine supply is available. Registration information will be sent initially to individuals who have used the ECDOH vaccine notification form (www.erie.gov/vaccinenotice).

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