Two more local pharmacies will soon be offering COVID vaccines.
Price Chopper in Catskill is prepared to start vaccinations Feb. 21, subject to vaccine availability, and vaccinations at Walgreens pharmacies will begin Feb. 12. Walgreens has not disclosed which stores will offer the vaccines. The Chatham Price Chopper does not have a date set.
COVID-19 numbers in the county continue to decline but the United Kingdom strain of coronavirus has reared its head in nearby Ulster County.
“Today we were notified by the New York state Health Department that an Ulster County resident has tested positive for the U.K. strain of COVID-19,” Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan said in a statement Friday. “This is a critical reminder that while we have made great strides in fighting this virus, we are far from out of the woods yet.”
Greene County may soon face the new strain, Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger, R-New Baltimore, said.
“It’s been in the Capital Region for a while now — Saratoga, Warren County,” Linger said. “They have 20 cases between the two of them up there. From what everybody is saying, it spreads much faster. I do expect to see it [here] at some point. According to the CDC, it’s going to be the dominant strain across the country.”
More than 300 Greene County residents have received their second dose of the Moderna vaccine.
The county continues to receive small allotments of first doses, Linger said.
“The last two weeks we only received 100 for 1B workers,” he said. “Last week we also got 200 for people with developmental disabilities.”
Greene County had 125 active cases Friday. More than 200 residents are under quarantine, 22 are hospitalized and 62 have died from the virus, according to the Public Health Department.
The county launched a notification system last week for residents interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
The system is designed to expedite the process of getting a vaccine for Greene County residents, but is not a mechanism to schedule an appointment.
Residents who are eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 1B are encouraged to add themselves to the database so they can be contacted as vaccines become available. Phase 1B includes firefighters, law enforcement, corrections officers, teachers, child care providers, public transit workers, individuals living or working in homeless shelters, restaurant workers, taxi drivers and seniors over 65.
Beginning Feb. 15, New Yorkers with comorbidities including cancer, kidney disease, pulmonary disease, intellectual and developmental disabilities, heart conditions, severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, diabetes, cerebrovascular disease, neurological conditions, liver disease and other conditions that compromise the immune system, will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
To fill out the notification request form, visit https://www.greenegovernment.com/covid-sign-up.
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To register for an appointment, visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov or call the state’s vaccination hotline at 1-833-697-4829.
The following pharmacies are authorized to vaccinate residents over 65. All vaccinations require an appointment and are subject to availability of the vaccine.
■ Kelly’s Pharmacy — Greenville
■ Wellness Rx — Tannersville
■ Hannaford — Cairo, Delmar, Albany, Troy
■ ShopRite — Hudson
■ Price Chopper — Schenectady, Latham