Capital Region

Vaccine distribution Sunday at Rivers Casino in Schenectady; 1,000-plus age 65 and over expected to receive



Over 1,000 Schenectady residents 65 and older are expected to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine later today during a clinic at Rivers Casino in Schenectady.

The county was able to get over 1,100 doses from the state Department of Health to administer to older residents, with follow-up appointments scheduled for 21 days later. All appointments were filled, said Erin Roberts, the county’s director of public communications. Proof of residency was required to get an appointment for a vaccine.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday in a press release that more than 3.5 million out of 10 million eligible New Yorkers have received at least the first dose of the COVID vaccine.

“While we are seeing good progress in our fight to lower the infection rate and continuing to open up sectors of our economy, we must double down on getting more people vaccinated because this is what will determine our long-term success,” Cuomo said in the release. “With more than 3.5 million New Yorkers having now received at least one shot of the vaccine, our team is on the ground working with local leaders to make the vaccine accessible to all New Yorkers so we can get even more shots into people’s arms. We finally have a strong ally in the White House who understands the urgency of an effective vaccine distribution infrastructure, and we will continue to work with providers here in New York to make sure they have the resources they need to operate at maximum capacity.”

In the Capital Region, 331,895 of 362,535 first and second doses have been administered, while in the Mohawk Valley 148,801 of 175,510 vaccines have been distributed, according to the release.

The next allocation from the federal government is expected to arrive by this evening.

The distribution of more vaccines comes as two people in Saratoga County and one person in Fulton County died from COVID Friday, according to Cuomo’s office. A total of 78 people died across the state.

Hospitalizations also dropped below 5,000 for the first time since Dec. 8. There were 4,954 hospitalizations on Friday.

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