Over 3,000 in Onondaga County inoculated with 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County has vaccinated over 3,000 people so far and County Executive Ryan McMahon says by the week of January 18, capacity could be up to 18,000 but manufacturing and supply could be an issue.

McMahon said the county has the buildings and personnel to scale too. Plans are drafted for up to 4 points of distribution. As of Monday, December 28, the Onondaga County War Memorial serves as the county’s only point of distribution. Hospitals also distribute the vaccine.

Another delivery of doses is expected next Tuesday or Wednesday. McMahon says he’s asked for more vaccines and is prepared to ramp up the operation to meet the quantity. “We will continue to utilize all the vaccines as quickly as we can.” McMahon said his team is prepared to do up to 10,000 inoculations next week. “Whether we get that or not, we’ll see.”

Although Phase 1B has been released by Governor Cuomo, Onondaga County is still working through its vaccination of 1A employees.

Those include:

  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
  • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff 
    • Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
    • Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
    • Registered Nurses
    • Specialty medical practices of all types
    • Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff
    • Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff
    • Physical Therapists and their staff
    • Optometrists and their staff
    • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides
    • Home care workers
    • Hospice workers
  • Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program
  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff, and Pulmonary Department staff)
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • EMS workers
  • Coroners, medical examiners, and certain funeral workers
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH, and OASAS facilities
  • Urgent Care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff

To register for a vaccine visit COVID19.ongov.net/vaccine. If you are not in group 1A, the county executive asks you don’t register. There will be verification on site and if you do not meet the requirements you’ll be turned away.

McMahon says he hopes to get most of Phase 1A vaccinated and be able to move to Phase 1B in a few weeks but the decision on when will be made by New York State.

Phase 1B includes:

  • Teachers and education workers
  • First responders
  • Public safety workers
  • Public transit workers
  • People 75 and older

Watch McMahon’s full press conference below:


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