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220 people get vaccine at Hindu temple in Schenectady – ‘a really good day’

Justine Feder-Lailer administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Brandon Mandalal of Schenectady at the Schenectady Hindu Temple on Pleasant Street in Mont Pleasant Saturday
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Justine Feder-Lailer administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Brandon Mandalal of Schenectady at the Schenectady Hindu Temple on Pleasant Street in Mont Pleasant Saturday

Over 200 Moderna vaccines were distributed Saturday during a pop-up vaccination clinic at the Schenectady Hindu Temple on Pleasant Street.

“It was a really good day,” said Schenectady County Manager Rory Fluman.

Local churches, like the Hindu Temple, and community centers are aiding Schenectady County officials in the distribution of the COVID vaccine.

“It’s been a beautiful outreach,” Fluman said. 

On Monday, another 200 doses will be distributed at Faith Deliverance Tabernacle and on March 20, 100 doses will be given out at Duryee Memorial AME Zion Church with the help of the Black Nurses Coalition of Albany. 

But those aren’t the only churches looking to help county officials. 

“We have three to four other churches that were lining up for the following weeks,” Fluman said.

Fluman said once a person gets the first Moderna dose they will have an appointment scheduled for four weeks later.

As communities push to get more people vaccinated, three women died in Albany County, according to a news release from Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy. One person died in Saratoga County.

On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo opened vaccinations up to people 60 and older.

The move added a million people to the pool of those eligible for the shot in New York. In the last 24 hours over 180,000 doses were administered and in the past week 1 million doses were administered. 

“We are seeing a lot of progress in our daily numbers in the fight against COVID, and the long-term sustainment of this hard-earned progress will depend on our efficiency in getting people vaccinated,” Cuomo said. “The White House has moved up dramatically the amount of vaccines available, and we are set to significantly increase our capacity for getting shots into arms – a logistical undertaking unlike anything we have done before. Our goal is to be the first COVID-safe state, and we will do that by continuing to prioritize the hard-hit communities and the most vulnerable New Yorkers that bore the brunt of COVID.”

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