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Several hundred vaccinated at pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site in Buffalo

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Posted at 4:19 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 17:17:48-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It’s a first of its kind in Buffalo. The state opened a one-day pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site at St. John Baptist Church in Buffalo.

“This is a prototype of what we’re going to be doing particularly on that day when we finally have enough supply to meet the demand,” said Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul following her tour of the site.

According to Hochul, the purpose was to offer equal vaccine access to poorer and minority communities. Church representatives said roughly 500 wanted the vaccine but the site was only given 250 doses. So, it took the first 250 responses.

“Today is a good day. It’s a really good day for our community and our church,” said 65-year-old Janie Webb, of Cheektowaga who received her first dose.

Those who received their first dose at the pop-up site are guaranteed a second dose in a few weeks at the church.

Officials haven’t yet announced where the next pop-up location will be.