SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County will hold its first drive-thru clinic to administer COVID-19 vaccines next Monday and Tuesday at Shoppingtown Mall.
You can register for an appointment for the drive-thru online beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday on Onondaga County’s website.
County Executive Ryan McMahon says there is an estimated 1,200 doses available for each day. He says the county decided to do the drive-thru based on feedback from the public. He says there are many people uncomfortable with going into a large facility like the OnCenter or Empire Expo Center with other people. This allows people to stay in their car while waiting their turn, and for the fifteen minutes required after receiving the shot.
McMahon says this is also being done because there is plenty of vaccine supply between the Expo Center, the county, and pharmacy chains, but the state has not expanded eligibility guidelines for who can receive the vaccine.
“So we’re being very customer friendly,” he said.
McMahon also said people between the ages of 50 and 60 and are not in any other eligible group, can sign up for a waiting list on the county’s website. He says if the county sees it is going to have unused vaccine and no one currently eligible available, they will contact people on the waiting list to come in and get the vaccine.
He again urged the governor to allow counties to vaccinate anybody. McMahon says 70% of the new infections are people under the age of 40. One group he would like to target is area college students.