Liberty, NY – Following the initial rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine with local healthcare organizations and the subsequent major expansion of those eligible to receive the vaccine, Sullivan County Public Health Services will undertake mass COVID-19 vaccinations as early as the week of January 25 at SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake, supplies permitting.
“As a key leader in the response to coronavirus, we plan to order 1,000 doses of the vaccine so that we can significantly increase inoculations,” Public Health Director Nancy McGraw affirmed. “We are eager to do what we’ve long planned to do: vaccinate every Sullivan County resident that we can.”
As of this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a wide range of New Yorkers – from those aged 65 and older to firefighters and teachers – are eligible to get either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19. However, supplies have been extremely limited, and currently local providers are awaiting shipments before additional doses can be given out.
“Sullivan County government is determined to make the vaccine as widely available as possible, and so we’re carrying out our plan to offer convenient, safe and efficient Point-Of-Dispensing (POD) sites, within the parameters set by the State and Federal governments,” explained District 2 Legislator Nadia Rajsz, chair of the Legislature’s Health & Family Services Committee. “We will do this in concert with a wide range of community partners.”
SUNY Sullivan’s Paul Gerry Fieldhouse will be the first large POD site, with other locations added as vaccine becomes more available. Registration information will be provided once vaccine shipment is confirmed.
“In the meantime, we are looking forward to vaccinating eligible community members through smaller weekly public health clinics starting January 20,” McGraw added. “We plan to increase that to twice-weekly beginning mid-February by registration/appointment-only for the first group needing their second shot. We will have more information regarding the registration process once we hear about our vaccine shipments.”
More information will be posted as soon as it’s available at the County’s vaccine information page: https://sullivanny.us/Departments/Publichealth/COVIDvaccines. A recorded voice message with the latest updates is also available at 845-513-2268.
The County’s dashboard for updates on the number of active cases locally can be found at https://sullivanny.us/Departments/Publichealth/Coronavirus.
“Updates will be provided as new information becomes available for Sullivan County residents,” McGraw affirmed. “In the meantime, we ask the public to be patient, please stay safe, wear your mask, social distance, and wash your hands.”
For more information, you can also contact the State at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).