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State-run COVID-19 vaccination site open on U.B. South Campus

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Posted at 12:29 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 18:13:16-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — There’s a new place for western New Yorker’s to make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Patients with an appointment filed in and out of University at Buffalo’s Harriman Hall Tuesday. It is the state’s newest COVID-19 vaccination site.

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was there as part of the grand opening. She couldn’t say though how many doses are being allocated to the site. She said that’s primarily because the amount of doses from the federal government has fluctuated since the roll out began.

Many have been critical of the state’s vaccine roll out with appointments tough to come by. Hochul is asking for patience while the state works out the issues.

“The early road is always bumpy. We’ve not been through this before. We’ve never had to have a massive distribution plan to vaccinate an entire population of 15 million New Yorkers who are eligible by age,” she said.

The state still hasn’t defined immunocompromised criteria. It’s something Hochul told 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ali Touhey the state is working on. She also said the state is working with vaccine manufacturer Pfizer to possibly distribute the vaccine directly to the state instead of going through the federal government. She said that could be a game changer for Western New York.

The state is opening six vaccine sites statewide in the next two weeks.

To check your eligibility and vaccine appointment availability, click here.