Capital Region

Albany Stratton VA Medical Center expands COVID vaccine eligibility


ALBANY — The Albany Stratton VA Medical Center said Wednesday it has expanded eligibility for on-site COVID-19 vaccinations.

Eligible now are all veterans; veterans’ spouses, widows or widowers; veterans’ caregivers; recipients of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs; and members of the National Guard, Reserve and Coast Guard — including those retired and never activated.

Appointments are required to receive the vaccine through the Albany facility. Those unable to make appointments due to short supply of vaccine can register at — the Stratton Center will notify them when vaccine is available.

The expansion is a result of the SAVE Lives Act signed by President Biden in late March.

Darlene DeLancey, executive director of the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, said in a news release that special vaccination events are planned.

“The walk-in clinic at the Stratton VA will run through April 9th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., DeLancey said. “We plan on conducting additional events in the near future as well, based on continued receipt of vaccine supplies.”

In other COVID news Wednesday:

  • Schenectady County said it surpassed 10,000 doses of vaccine administered at county vaccination clinics on Tuesday. It is part of the larger campaign that has put vaccine in the arms of over a third of county residents; 64,416 have received at least one dose, or 41.5%, while 42,212 or 27.2% have received a complete vaccination series. That’s significantly better than the state as a whole: 34.4% of New Yorkers have received at least one dose and 21.7% have completed the vaccination series.
  • The seven-day average positive COVID test rate was 3.5% statewide, 2.3% in the Capital Region and 1.6% in the Mohawk Valley. At the county level, the rates were: Albany 2.2%, Fulton 3.3%, Montgomery 4.0%, Rensselaer 1.8%, Saratoga 3.3%, Schenectady 1.9% and Schoharie 2.9%.
  • Statewide, 4,526 COVID patients were hospitalized, including 101 in the Capital Region and 59 in the Mohawk Valley.
  • The official state COVID death toll grew to 40,922 with the loss of 59 more New Yorkers.


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