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COVID-19: Vaccination opportunities abound in Erie County

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Wed, May 19th 2021 04:30 pm

1 Day, 5 COVID-19 Vaccination Events

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York partners with ECDOH for vaccine clinic at Kleinhans Music Hall Parking Lot

This Saturday, May 22, the Erie County Department of Health has a schedule that can only be described as intense, with five separate COVID-19 vaccination clinics scheduled to cover ages 12 and older.

In partnership with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, ECDOH will have a clinic set up in the Kleinhans Music Hall parking lot at 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. This clinic will offer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, for ages 18 and older. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is providing free ticket vouchers for its 2021-22 season Sunday performances to individuals who are vaccinated at this clinic. A selection of giveaway items will also be available, courtesy of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

The ECDOH-Highmark event at Kleinhans Music Hall is part of an active calendar of clinics planned throughout summer 2021 on weekends and in conjunction with activities at Canalside Buffalo and larger community events.

“Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York is proud to partner with the ECDOH to reduce barriers and increase the accessibility of the vaccine, which we know to be a safe and effective way to keep our community healthy,” said Michael Edbauer, D.O., president, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York. “We look forward to bringing convenient pop-up vaccine clinics to neighborhoods and residents across our region to increase vaccinations in the community.”

For youth ages 12 and older, ECDOH has four COVID-19 vaccine sites planned with Pfizer vaccine.

√ SUNY ECC South Campus: 4041 Southwestern Blvd. (Gymnasium – Building 6), Orchard Park

√ McKinley High School: 1500 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

√ MST Preparatory School: 646 E. Delavan Ave., Buffalo

√ SUNY ECC North Campus: 6205 Main St. (Bell Center), Williamsville

Appointments are suggested at all clinics; walk-ins are welcome, but may not be accommodated in the final hour of any ECDOH clinic.

These vaccination options are in addition to the “Vax Visit” program first announced by ECDOH last week. Schedule a vaccine-at-home by calling 716-858-2929. For more information, visit http://www.erie.gov/vax.

COVID-19 Vaccine Available at ECMC Pop-Up Sites

Johnson & Johnson vaccine being administered for anyone 18-years old or older at several community locations

Erie County Medical Center Corporation caregivers will staff pop-up vaccine locations and administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for the general public 18 years old or older. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are welcome.

•Saturday, May 22

√ 3-6 p.m., Papi Grande’s, 4276 Maple Road, Amherst

Monday, May 24

√ 4-7 p.m., Catalyst Fitness, 281 Meyer Road, Amherst

√ 5-7 p.m., Thin Man Brewery, 492 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

Tuesday, June 1

√ 4-7 p.m., Catalyst Fitness, 1999 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

Cuomo: ‘Major Milestone’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo released the following statement Wednesday on New York reaching a major milestone in the fight against COVID-19: capacity restrictions being lifted and CDC guidance on masks and social distancing

"Today is a milestone in New York state's war against COVID. With positivity and hospitalization rates at their lowest levels since last fall, and more than 10 million New Yorkers having received at least one vaccine dose, today New York state is adopting the CDC's updated guidance on masks and social distancing.

"This means that, 399 days after New York was the first state in the country to implement a mask mandate, effective today, fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to use a face covering in most public places. 

“New York is coming back, and it's a testament to the strength and grit of New Yorkers who banded together, stayed tough, and fought as one to defeat this COVID beast.

"The steps we're taking today don't mean that COVID has been officially relegated to the history books. We need to stay vigilant, continue to follow the safety guidelines in place, and help every single eligible New Yorker get vaccinated, so that we can finally reach that light at the end of the tunnel. And as we start to climb the next mountains in our path, we need to ensure that the values that got New York through this crisis – community, discipline, strength, toughness, and love for each other – endure."

For additional background, see the announcements on the easing of restrictions and on the CDC guidance on masks and social distancing: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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