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Why Erie County isn't disclosing vaccination clinic locations

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Posted at 4:40 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 18:13:18-05

Erie County has given 6,907 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since January 4. However, we don’t know where those vaccine clinics are located.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said the State’s error on Monday when it misidentified the county’s sexual health clinic as a vaccination pod is why.

“We’re trying to avoid people showing up who are agitated who think they can get a vaccine,” he said during his regular COVID-19 update on Tuesday.

But, other nearby counties are being more transparent.

In Monroe County, a patient immunization drive thru clinic opened Tuesday at Unity Hospital.

“It’s been a long 10 months. I’ve seen no family because they’re out of state. It’s been a long time,” said Lillian Poppleton who was among the first to be vaccinated.

Monroe County is also opening a vaccination location at the Dome in Henrietta next week.

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said 1a and 1b groups are being vaccinated at the War Memorial. He said a second vaccination pod is scheduled to open Wednesday at the Expo Center at the Fair Grounds.

“It’s not a distribution issue. We have the infrastructure to get this out. It’s a supply issue,” he said. He estimates they could vaccinate 25,000 a week if they had an adequate supply.

Back here at home, Poloncarz said they’ve hired security at the undisclosed vaccination sites as an added precaution.

“For the time being we’re notifying the individuals who actually have an appointment and the time because they have to come at a particular time.”

All vaccinations are being done by appointment only. For information, click here.