Genesee and Orleans counties announce COVID-19 vaccination schedules

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Posted at 11:09 AM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 11:09:07-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Genesee and Orleans counties announced COVID-19 vaccination schedules as well as instructions for those who are eligible Thursday.

In Genesee County, vaccinations will be administered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Genesee Community College (1 College Road, Batavia, NY) starting Monday, January 25, 2021.

In Orelans County, vaccinations will be administered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 12 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Ridgeway Fire Hall (11392 Ridge Road, Medina, NY) starting Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

Officials say vaccinations at both sites are available through online appointments only. They will be conducted indoors and are based on the availability of the vaccine.

Appointments for the Genesee County site can be found online here.

Appointments for the Orleans County site can be found online here.

"People should not be calling the health departments, vaccination sites such as pharmacies or their provider to schedule a test," a release states.

The links above redirect you to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) website specific to available appointments for that provider.

“As we have stressed since the vaccine became available and the number of people eligible to receive the vaccine has increased significantly, we are urging people to be patient,” said Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments Director Paul Pettit. “Everything regarding scheduling a vaccine appointment no matter if you are trying through the county health department, through a local pharmacy or for the state-run clinics is being funneled to the state’s data management page.”

Officials say around 50,000 residents of Genesee and Orleans counties are eligible to get the vaccine with 1,600 doses available this week and all appointments full. Vaccine allocation varies on a weekly basis.

“This is resulting in people receiving the message of ‘no appointments available’ when clicking on the link and we are being told anecdotally that some people keep clicking on the link for hours at a time and getting this same message,” Pettit said. “We don’t want to deter people for going on-line and trying to schedule an appointment, but we want to make them aware of what to expect because it can get frustrating very easily.”