Dutchess County to Receive 700 Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Scheduling at www.DutchessNY.gov/COVIDvaccine

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Dutchess County, NY sent this bulletin at 02/03/2021 10:35 AM EST

Dutchess County to Receive 700 Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine
Appointment Scheduling at www.DutchessNY.gov/COVIDvaccine

Poughkeepsie, NY … The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH)  will receive 700 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this week from New York State and will open appointment scheduling online  at www.dutchessny.gov/COVIDvaccine today, Wednesday, February 3rd at noon for eligible individuals in Phase 1a and 1b as determined by New York State’s Phased Distribution Plan.

DBCH will operate two Points of Dispensing (POD) Vaccination Centers this week by appointment only.  

Thursday, February 4th
12pm to 5pm
Former JCPenney store, Poughkeepsie Galleria
2001 South Road, Poughkeepsie 

Saturday, February 6th
10am to 2pm
Dover High School
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains

The appointment scheduling link will be posted today – February 3rd  at DutchessNY.gov/COVIDvaccine at 12pm. Those who are registered for notifications will receive the appointment scheduling link via email or text.  Appointments will fill quickly.

Residents can register to receive notification when new vaccination appointments are open for scheduling at the County’s COVID-19 vaccine information webpage at dutchessny.gov/covidvaccine.

Please note, appointments CANNOT be made by calling Dutchess County’s Coronavirus Information Call Center or the Department of Behavioral & Community Health as appointments must currently be made online through the State-operated registration system.

This week’s vaccine allocation, while still well below the County’s distribution capacity, is a small increase from the 600 doses received in each of the past two weeks, as a result of additional supply being provided by the Federal government. New York State has directed the additional 100 doses received are to be used to vaccinate Phase 1a eligible staff and residents of facilities certified or operated by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

County Executive Molinaro had already begun this initiative last month in Dutchess County, with DBCH and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Dutchess County volunteers conducting a mobile ‘pop up’ vaccination site at New Horizons Resources in Pleasant Valley where 60 individuals who receive support and services from New Horizons Resources, Abilities First, ARC of the Greater Hudson Valley and the Taconic Developmental Disabilities Services Office, among others, were vaccinated. The mobile sites will continue at various facilities over the next several weeks.   

County Executive Molinaro said, “We share residents’ frustration in lack of available vaccine supply and the constraints of using New York State’s online system to schedule vaccination appointments. Dutchess County has the capacity to be putting thousands of shots into arms each week, but like others across the state, we are constrained by supply limits. We recognize the frustration of spending hours online looking for appointments, so we continue to try to streamline the process to make it easier to be informed. Last week, we quickly notified residents who signed up for vaccine alerts about newly opened appointments at the closest state-run mass vaccination sites. This week, we are providing notice that appointments for this week’s Dutchess County sites will open today at noon, providing eligible residents notice of scheduling opportunities. We know these appointments will fill up fast but remind residents that this is a months-long vaccination process, and everyone will have an opportunity to receive their shot, if they so choose. We appreciate residents’ patience as we all work through this state-run process, and Dutchess County will continue to provide vaccination updates, when they’re available.”

Registered individuals should be prepared to show identification (i.e. driver’s license, pay stub, work ID) to verify eligibility for Phase 1a and 1b classification. Scheduling for second dose appointments will occur at the vaccination site as vaccine requires two doses for full effectiveness. Vaccine supply remains very limited from the state and federal government and supply allocations are not guaranteed. All appointments should be considered tentative and are subject to cancellation if Dutchess County does not receive expected allocation.

As vaccinations continue, all residents are reminded to continue with coronavirus safety measures – wearing a face mask, frequent hand washing and physical distancing – to stop the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccine remains in limited supply and residents are urged to remain patient as demand far exceeds supply.  Dutchess County continues to provide updated information about COVID-19 vaccine availability on its webpage www.DutchessNY.gov/COVIDvaccine. This webpage includes status updates, as the County receives information from New York State, about allocations for the week and current appointment availability.