Nearly half of the 3,500 COVID-19 vaccine doses at first GCC clinic booked by Erie County residents
NYS Mass Vaccination Clinic Targeting the Genesee-Orleans-Wyoming County Region Update:
The New York State-run temporary mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for Friday through Tuesday at Genesee Community College (GCC) in Batavia opened for appointments on Thursday, March 4th at 7:59 a.m. and within 90 minutes all were accounted for.
We encourage those who are still seeking vaccination to periodically check the state vaccine site as some may cancel their appointments. You can check for appointment availability here or call 1-833-697-4829.
“After careful analysis of the registrations, what we expected to happen once we were told the clinic was open to anyone eligible, regardless of residency, did happen…The GOW region will be receiving less than 25 percent of the allotted 3,500 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” said Paul Pettit, Public Health director for the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.
“For those in the Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming (GOW) region who were able to register for this weekend’s state-run temporary mass clinic we understand how challenging it was. For those who live in our GOW region and were shut out of this clinic, we will continue to advocate for vaccine for our residents.”
Here is the breakdown by county of residence for those who will be receiving the 3,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine at GCC over the next five days:
- Erie County -- 1,666 spots or 47.6 percent;
- Genesee County -- 596 spots or 17.03 percent;
- Niagara County -- 446 spots or 12.74 percent;
- Monroe County -- 326 spots or 9.31 percent;
- Orleans County -- 169 spots or 4.83 percent;
- Wyoming County -- 99 spots or 2.38 percent;
- Livingston County -- 73 spots or 2.09 percent;
- Ontario County -- 45 spots or 1.29 percent; and
- 15 other counties and out-of-state residents each had less than 1 percent.
“The purpose of our request was to help increase our vaccination rate, and provide for our county residents who have been shorted throughout this pandemic," Pettit said. "This clinic assuredly did not significantly impact our rates.
"With only 864 of the 3,500 doses of vaccine remaining in our three counties, we are still well below the current statewide vaccination rate. We will continue to seek additional allocations to bring parity for the counties’ vaccination rates.”