Onondaga Co. Executive talks vaccines, confusion over the second dose

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon says people who receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the county’s clinic at the War Memorial and OnCenter will get notified via email, or phone about an appointment for the second dose.

In a COVID-19 update on Facebook Live Thursday, McMahon said you do not need to make a second appointment online, and urged people not to try and get the second shot at the state COVID-19 clinic at the state fairgrounds.

McMahon says Onondaga County is currently giving out the Moderna vaccine, while the fairgrounds site is administering Pfizer’s vaccine. You can’t mix the two, and they each have different waiting periods between doses.

Confusion over the second dose has generated many emails and phone calls to the NewsChannel 9 newsroom.

The state has said those attending the clinic at the Empire Expo Center will have their second vaccine appointment set up when they get their first shot.

McMahon says as of Wednesday the county’s POD or Point of Distribution has administered 8,946 vaccines. 1,260 people were scheduled to receive doses on Thursday and another 1,260 on Friday.

If the county gets any vaccine that was not used elsewhere, McMahon says that will be announced Friday and appointments will be made for Monday and Tuesday. He expects to hear from the state Tuesday what the county vaccine allocation for next week will be. Once known, the website will be open for appointments.

McMahon also reminded those who have difficulty with technology or no access to a computer or the internet that once vaccine supplies are known you can call 211 for an appointment.

The county also reported six additional COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours. There were 330 new cases.

Better news concerned the number of people hospitalized, which was 212, down 65 from a week ago. McMahon says the 7-day rolling positivity rate is 5.9 % compared to 8.4 % last week, so”we’re going in the right direction.”

Of the 330 new cases today, McMahon says only one was from a facility housing seniors. He says that’s good news and a sign that the vaccine may be having an impact.


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