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Putnam County officials push for more COVID-19 vaccine doses

Much like in Connecticut, New York residents are expressing frustration with the process of scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.  Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell is advocating for more vaccine as eligibility groups expand because the supply doesn’t meet the demand.  For many people, there is confusion about how and where to access an appointment. To complicate matters, ODell says some first-dose shipments sent to local health departments have been specifically designated by the state for targeted populations, such as individuals affiliated with the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. New York requires individuals over 65 to get vaccinated at a state-run vaccination site or a pharmacy or healthcare provider. Local Health Departments are generally not permitted to vaccinate this portion of the population unless they also meet other eligibility criteria such as essential worker status.

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