Dutchess, Orange county residents unhappy with state's COVID-19 vaccination process

Many people say they are desperate to get the first COVID-19 dose.

News 12 Staff

Feb 3, 2021, 10:35 PM

Updated 1,226 days ago


There is a growing frustration coming from residents and officials in the Hudson Valley about the state's vaccination process.
Many are desperate to get the first COVID-19 dose.
Gary Graham, 66, says he is hoping the state would set up a mass vaccination site closer than Westchester and send more than a couple of hundred doses per week to Dutchess, as county appointments book up fast.
"Literally within 15 seconds of us both logging in, sitting at the table. They were closed," he says. "I'm dealing with a recent diagnosis of bladder cancer. And there's no way I can make a trip down to Westchester County and back. It's just so aggravating, to say the least."
Carol Delise from Highland Mills says she feels like the state is focusing elsewhere, like New York City and Westchester.
"I understand there's a shortage. You may have a shortage, but you need to accommodate people everywhere," she says.
The Orange County resident says she is going to the Westchester County Center three months from now for her first COVID-19 shot.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has also been speaking out about the vaccination process.
"Understand that there isn't a county government in New York that is receiving a reasonable amount of doses from the state to make a dent in the populations that the state is mandating we vaccinate," he says.
A state spokesman blames the low allocation on the federal government but notes that the Biden administration is working to increase production, which would allow the state to accommodate more New Yorkers.

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