The Putnam County Department of Health will soon be allowed to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to senior citizens who have no comorbidities. County Executive MaryEllen Odell says New York state has also promised to significantly increase the county’s vaccine allotment. For months, Odell has been calling for the state to loosen its policy and permit local health departments to vaccinate residents 65 years of age and older as a way to end the confusion that has surrounded the vaccine rollout. Until now, senior citizens without comorbidities could only be inoculated at one of New York's mass vaccination sites or a scattering of private pharmacies. Local health departments were assigned to vaccinate only specific categories of essential workers, group home residents, those with disabilities and people of all ages with comorbidities.