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The Syracuse VA Medical Center is working on getting coronavirus vaccines to veterans in a 14-county area stretching from the North Country to the Southern Tier.

More than 6,000 eligible and enrolled veterans have already started the vaccination process; either at the Syracuse hospital, or clinics in Rome, Binghamton and Watertown. Syracuse VA Medical Center Director Frank Pearson said the VA has been expanding clinics since it started vaccinating vets against COVID-19.

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Onondaga County is figuring out how to handle the onslaught of immunocompromised individuals who will become eligible to sign up for the coronavirus vaccine next week.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week announced that individuals with underlying health issues ranging from cancer to high blood pressure, will be able to sign up starting next week to get the scarce vaccine. At this point, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon has no idea how many people that will be.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that state-run vaccination sites will begin accepting appointments for immunocompromised New Yorkers, beginning Feb. 14.

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Restaurant workers, taxi drivers, and developmentally disabled people living in congregate settings will now be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, as long as local governments allow them to be added to the list.

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Officials say Onondaga County’s coronavirus vaccine waiting list seems to be working so far. It all plays into what is a fluid situation when it comes to dealing with continued low supplies of the vaccine.

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Black hospital workers have been less likely than those of other races to take the COVID-19 vaccine when offered, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday, which he expects to be reflected in statewide demographic data that’s set to be released this week.

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The latest sign-up for the coronavirus vaccine forced Onondaga County’s website to crash Thursday.  County Executive Ryan McMahon said there were 767,000 hits on the website in the hour it was processing appointments for 1,000 vaccination appointments. He said the county will work to expand the website’s capacity, so it doesn’t happen again.

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Onondaga County is hoping to start a lottery-style registration system to ensure there is an equitable distribution of the coronavirus vaccine, among seniors.

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Anyone who was able to register for a coronavirus vaccine in Onondaga County this week was very lucky. County Executive Ryan McMahon said tens of thousands of people were vying for about 900 vaccine appointments, and they were filled within minutes. He estimates about 80,000 were eligible.

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There will be 3,000-4,000 fewer doses of the coronavirus vaccine going into arms of central New Yorkers this week, compared to last. It’s disturbing to local officials.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning of a dangerous second wave of the COVID-19 virus, as new, more contagious strains have begun to infiltrate the U.S. As New York state struggles with its vaccination roll out, Cuomo said he’s asking the major manufacturers if the state can buy vaccines directly. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday addressed major problems plaguing the state’s vaccine sign-up website, saying there are vastly more New Yorkers eligible to be vaccinated than there are vaccines.

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One day after announcing that five new state-run vaccination sites are opening this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office is warning that appointments for the limited number of vaccines at those sites are already booked through April. 

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New York state is opening up five mass distribution centers for the coronavirus vaccine this week, including one in central New York. Residents over the age of 65, as well as first responders, teachers and others eligible to sign up for the vaccine, have started getting the shot at the New York State Fairgrounds near Syracuse.

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New Yorkers 65 and older and those who are immunocompromised can now sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement as the state’s vaccine rollout continued to be plagued with problems.

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon is urging central New Yorkers to be patient as they wait for the coronavirus vaccine. He said all available appointments for the vaccine in Onondaga County are booked for the next week, whether it’s from the county or state run Points of Dispending (POD), or pharmacies.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, bowing to pressure from local governments, is agreeing to expand the state’s vaccination sites for front-line health care workers.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Faced with mounting criticism over the slow pace of the coronavirus vaccine rollout, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that, starting this week, New York would allow a much wider swath of the public to get inoculated, including anyone age 75 or older.

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SUNY Upstate Medical University has distributed all of its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine, and is now administering the second dose. Upstate has vaccinated 6,000 people in the first phase of New York’s vaccination program.

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Oneida County officials are rallying resources as they begin vaccinating individuals for COVID-19.

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County leaders in New York said Tuesday that their health departments have been developing vaccination plans for years and can help smooth the rocky rollout of the state’s vaccination program, but they need more cooperation from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration.

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In New York state, like in most of the nation, the COVID-19 vaccination rollout is behind schedule, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is threatening to withhold new doses from hospitals that do not speed things up.

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Onondaga County wants to help residents in assisted living facilities get vaccinated for COVID-19. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said most of the nursing home residents in the county have already received their first COVID vaccinations. What worries him are the assisted living facilities that haven’t received the vaccine yet.

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The list of people eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine in New York state continues to expand and now includes urgent care center workers, those administering the vaccine and residents of addiction facilities. The central New York region is expected to have more than 36,000 doses of the vaccine delivered by the end of the week. Some people could be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of their employment.

Health care workers across the country have started receiving COVID-19 vaccines, but doctors and nurses at some of the nation's top hospitals are raising the alarm, charging that vaccine distribution has been unfair and a chaotic "free-for-all."

At hospitals in Massachusetts, New York, Arizona, California and elsewhere, medical professionals say that those with the most exposure to COVID-19 patients are not always the first to get vaccinated. And others who have little or no contact with COVID-19 patients have received vaccinations.

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Now that the FDA has given the go-ahead to release the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, researchers want to determine if children can get vaccinated as well. Upstate Medical University is looking for young volunteers to take part in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial, noting the earlier studies of the vaccine didn’t include children.

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The private sector is helping Onondaga County beef up its contact tracing efforts.

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A very deadly day from COVID-19 was reported by Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon on Wednesday. He said 18 people died over a 24-hour period; six in hospitals, the rest in nursing homes.

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Frontline health care workers at Upstate University Hospital were the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Onondaga County on Tuesday. Vaccines were administered within an hour and a half of the hospital receiving them.

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said he knows the vaccines are on their way; with front-line hospital workers possibly rolling up their sleeves as soon as Tuesday. Nursing home residents could begin getting the two-shot regimen later this week. The federal government is working with local pharmacies to distribute the vaccines in those nursing homes. Beyond that, McMahon said distribution of the vaccine to the rest of the population will be a big undertaking.

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