SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon and John Marraffa of Kinney Drugs announced a new registration process to help seniors sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.
ONList will be a new registration portal for people who are 65 years or older and live in Onondaga County to be put on, essentially, a waitlist for the COVID-19 vaccine. As vaccine becomes available, Onondaga County and Kinney Drugs will randomly select people from that list to receive their shot.
With limited supply, McMahon says, “New appointments are scarce. And the new appointments that have been in the community the last two weeks have been those that we get each week and so the competition for these appointments, due to the way that the systems are set up, is inequitable to our seniors.” Because the drawing from this list will be random, there is no mad dash for seniors to try to sign up.
“Our number one goal as a pharmacy is to protect the communities that we serve, to provide the vaccine, to make it accessible to the 65 plus,” said Marraffa.
ONList will pre-register up to 10,000 seniors. The website to register will be activated Thursday afternoon. Then the county and Kinney’s will begin randomly selecting from the list next week.
Pre-registering on ONList is not a guaranteed appointment with such a limited supply. McMahon said being registered on this list does not mean participants can’t try to get an appointment on their own.
McMahon said he hopes this will be a better tool for seniors and eventually all of the vaccine distribution points in the county will draw from this list. If it’s successful, Marraffa says Kinney Drugs may use this system in other counties as well.
Onondaga County is also working with Syracuse University and Kinney Drugs on a phone bank registration for seniors who don’t have access to a computer. Details on the plan are still being worked out.
Watch the full announcement in the video player below.