Getting the COVID vaccine to rural Western New York communities

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Allegany County has the lowest percentage of New Yorkers who received the first dose of the vaccine.

ALLEGANY COUNTY, NY – The county with the lowest percentage in the state of people who received a dose of the vaccine is in western New York.

Allegany County has the lowest percentage of the state’s population on a vaccine dose at 8.4 percent. Nationwide it is 13.4 percent.

2 On Your Side wanted to know why this is happening and what is being done to make sure the people of Allegany County have access to the vaccine.

For this story, 2 On Your Side contacted the office of Governor Cuomo, the New York Department of Health, the office of Congregation member Joseph Giglio, and the office of Senator George Borrello.

The governor’s office and the state health department did not contact us by the Friday afternoon deadline.

A spokesman for Congregation Giglio’s office told us that the New York State governor’s office and the New York State Department of Health are responsible for distributing the vaccine, so no further information on statistics is available.

2 On Your Side viewers asked us to investigate claims about the vaccine seen online. BUFFALO, NY – 2 On Your Side received a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and how it works in our newsroom.

And we spoke to Senator Borrello, who represents all of Allegany County. He sent a letter to the governor and health commissioner of New York State this week asking for more vaccination clinics to be opened in Allegany County as soon as possible.

“You have a very high percentage of seniors who might normally face access to the internet and this is one of the most important ways to make an appointment. But again, these are people who are frail or may not drive or whatever always. that the closest vaccination sites are often very far away. I think there are a number of problems, but I don’t think there will be any vaccine hesitation at all, “said Senator Borrello.

We asked him why he thinks the percentage of people who will get the vaccine in Allegany County is so low.

“I think there are a number of reasons. I don’t think it has anything to do with vaccine hesitation, frankly. I think it has more to do with supply. I think it has to do with continued political Introducing the governor to do the vaccine distribution, and not really focus on the people who need it most and those who are at greatest risk of dying from COVID-19, and I think it has a lot to do with access to too Technology to do with it. Allegany County also has a very small percentage of people who have access to reliable broadband, “Borrello said.

According to Borrello, Allegany County has a waiting list of approximately 3,000 people over 65 who have not yet received the vaccine.

“The stories I hear are people who have to go far away to get a vaccine. In Allegany County, the county gets small amounts of vaccine and they distribute it in 24 hours or less. Because it’s such a small amount, pharmacies have received very small amounts of vaccines, as I was told in the area, and again they are getting on the waiting lists they have, “Borrello said.

And that’s not just a problem in Allegany County. Other rural areas have similar problems.

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