Partners to collaborate to get vulnerable people vaccinated at supermarket


CLIFTON PARK — CDPHP, Market 32 and the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences are teaming up to create a new model for COVID vaccination clinics.

Market 32 pharmacists will provide the shots; CDPHP will reach out to its vulnerable members who’ve not yet been vaccinated and give them transportation to the site if needed; and pharmacy college interns will assist with documentation and paperwork.

The first of these clinics will be on Wednesday at the Market 32 at Route 146 and Plank Road in Clifton Park, but they will be repeated at other stores. Price Chopper/Market 32 is now offering vaccination at more than half its New York stores.

As at all New York pharmacies, vaccination is limited by state order to people age 60 or older and to teachers, and also limited at times by shortage of the vaccine itself.

Statewide, 4.58 million New Yorkers had received at least one dose of vaccine as of Tuesday morning and 2.38 million were fully vaccinated.

In the Capital Region, the numbers are 281,099 and 142,467, respectively; in the Mohawk Valley, 125,020 and 67,589.

By percentage of population, 22.9% of New Yorkers have received at least the first dose. In and near the Capital Region, the percentage of residents vaccinated ranges from 19.2% in Fulton County to 31.6% in Warren County.

The rate of vaccinations statewide has been running near or above 100,000 doses a day recently, and is expected to increase further as additional doses of vaccine are supplied by the federal government.

In other COVID news Tuesday:

  • The official state COVID death toll reached 39,636, with 51 newly reported fatalities, almost all of them in New York City and its nearby suburban counties, where the positive test rates and hospital census remain as much as six times higher than in other regions of the state.
  • The positive COVID test rate on a seven-day average is 1.7% in the Capital Region and 1.5% in the Mohawk Valley, and ranges from 0.6% to 1.9% in the rest of upstate New York. It’s running at 4.2% in New York City, 4.5% in Long Island and 4.7% in the Mid-Hudson Region, with Orange and Rockland counties leading the state at 6.8% and 6.1%. Orange County also has one of the lowest vaccination rates among New York counties, just 17.1% of the population.
  • Statewide, 4,657 people were hospitalized with COVID, 98 of them in the Capital Region. New York City, with approximately eight times as many residents as the Capital Region, has 28 times more COVID-positive hospital patients — 2,718 as of Monday — though not all of those hospitalized are necessarily city residents.

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