BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — More than 10,000 people have signed up for appointments at the new mass vaccination site at the Delavan Grider Community Center in Buffalo since registration opened Wednesday.
That represents a third of all available appointments, said Jeffrey Hammond, public information officer for the New York State Department of Health.
The first week of registration is open only to Erie County residents in groups 1A and 1B who live in 10 zip codes with low vaccination rates.
"NYS, FEMA, county leaders, faith groups and community partners are working tirelessly to sing up more eligible New Yorkers in these ZIP codes to make sure these underserved communities have priority and first access. These efforts will continue until all appointments are filled," Hammond said.
The state will open registration to all eligible residents of Erie County on Wednesday, the same day vaccinations will begin.
The Erie County Department of Health says 14.3 percent of all Erie County residents have now received their first dose of the vaccine. Nine-point-two percent of all residents - 84,328 people - have received both the first and second dose.
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