Orleans, Genesee County seeing decreased amount of vaccines delivered

Posted at 6:07 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 17:08:53-05

N.Y. (WKBW) — This week, the vaccine allocation given to Genesee and Orleans County was cut in half, a stark contrast from the increase promised.

"Ultimately the vaccines from the Feds to the state to local has been very slow," Paul Pettit, Public Health Director for Genesee and Orleans said.

Pettit says its been a source of aggravation as they have the capabilities to do hundreds of vaccine distributions in each county every single day. This drop in available vaccinations comes after Governor Cuomo said more vaccines were being distributed state-wide. Pettit says his counties are still waiting for that to happen.

"We're pushing out the vaccine as quickly as we're getting it," Pettit said, "week by week we don't have any dosses left because the supply coming to the state is then allocated to the regions. It is hindering everybody."

In addition, on Monday the Governor announced that even more people would be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when people living with comorbidities were added to group 1B. Which means the appointment waiting list keeps getting longer. For Orleans/Genesee, Pettit feels, needs to be made as fair as the larger areas.

"We need to see parody, see access similar to what is seen in the bigger areas."