Schenectady County

State COVID vaccinations rates climbing slowly; Vaccine supplies to get boost from J&J

Library Director Karen Bradley takes the temperature of a woman Monday afternoon at the Schenectady County Public Library

Library Director Karen Bradley takes the temperature of a woman Monday afternoon at the Schenectady County Public Library

ALBANY — Over 4.5 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered statewide as of Monday and supply is about to get a boost as the state Vaccine Task Force has unanimously recommended use of the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that 122,455 doses of the coronavirus vaccine had been administered in 24 hours as part of the over 4.5 million vaccine doses that have been administered across the state to date. Among those, 285,469 total vaccine doses have been administered in the Capital Region and 126,916 vaccine doses have been administered in the Mohawk Valley.

“New Yorkers have shown their commitment to beating back COVID and that determination is reflected in our statewide infection rate, which has been trending down every day, but we can’t let up until the war is won and New York is COVID-free,” said Cuomo in a prepared statement.

Approximately 10 million residents across the state are currently eligible to receive the vaccine, but demand has continued to outpace supply. Later this week state officials expect to receive approximately 422,780 first doses and 290,500 second doses of the two-shot Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines.

Those shipments will be bolstered following the unanimous recommendation by the state Clinical Advisory Task Force on Monday for the use of J&J’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Saturday.

Manufacturer’s began shipping the vaccine over the weekend and the state expects to receive approximately 164,800 doses of the newly authorized vaccine later this week, bringing the total number of vaccine doses the state expects to receive up to 878,080, the largest quantity received in a single week to date.

“One year ago today, the unimaginable tragedy of COVID-19 began for New Yorkers. We’ve faced great pain and loss over the last 365 days, but there’s reason to be hopeful for the future,” said Cuomo. “Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine with less restrictive storage requirements will make it easier for the state to reach more New Yorkers, faster. There’s a lot of work ahead, but this vaccine’s approval gives us cause for optimism as we move forward to a post-COVID future.”

State officials are reportedly finalizing plans for prioritization and distribution of the J&J vaccine. Due to the limited vaccine supply, the state launched the “Am I Eligible” screening tool, allowing residents to schedule appointments to receive the vaccine after determining their eligibility based on state and federal guidelines.

Eligibility is currently limited to individuals 65 and older, those with underlying health conditions, healthcare workers, first responders and public facing essential workers.

Locally, 14,040 residents in Schenectady County have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of Monday, according to the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker. Those numbers are more than doubled in Albany County where 32,154 residents have received both their first and second vaccine doses. In Saratoga County 23,206 residents are fully vaccinated. In Montgomery County just 4,398 residents are fully vaccinated and in Fulton County only 4,078 residents are fully vaccinated.

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