Vaccine clinics to target mountaintop

Greene County Paramedics assisted with vaccinating residents at Community Life Church last week. Contributed photo

TANNERSVILLE — The mountaintop community will receive about 800 vaccines, which will be administered at two upcoming clinics.

The first will be held Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Villa Vosilla Boutique Resort in Tannersville, with vaccines administered by Wellness Rx Pharmacy.

About 100 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been secured for the clinic, Tannersville Mayor and Villa Vosilla owner Lee McGunnigle said. An additional 700 vaccines will be administered by Greene County Public Health on March 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hunter-Tannersville Middle/High School, he added.

Getting clinics on the mountaintop is something the mayor has been advocating.

“The community banded together but people were traveling very far to Margaretville, New York City and Utica in the beginning,” McGunnigle said. “On top of that, people were having difficulty with how to sign up online. People were signing up at 3 a.m., 1 a.m., staying up and looking for slots. With the amount of my constituents reaching out, it was a glaring problem and I didn’t want the community being left out.”

Residents pulled together to assist one another with registering online for vaccines and driving each other to get vaccinated, McGunnigle said.

“I’m really moved by how wonderful the community has been,” he said. “This is another great example of how we are making sure we’re not forgotten and that people stay safe.”

U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado and state Sen, Michelle Hinchey, D-46, also pushed for the clinic, McGunnigle said.

“We’ve been a squeaky wheel for a long time and we received great assistance from Congressman Delgado and Senator Michelle Hinchey.”

Making sure rural communities have access to the vaccine is critical, Hinchey said.

“Since the start of this pandemic, we have been advocating for our more rural communities to have the same access to vaccines as our counterparts in more urban and suburban areas,” Hinchey said in a statement. “I am thrilled to announce this pop-up site at Villa Vosilla in Tannersville, which is the direct result of countless discussions with state officials, and strong community advocacy, on the vital need for increased vaccine distribution in Greene County. While the vaccine supply continues to increase, our residents still struggle with insufficient access. I will continue to push for a rollout that meets the needs of our rural areas and makes access to the vaccine easy and equal for everyone.”

Hunter Foundation Communications Director Carolyn Riggs voiced her support for the people who made the clinic possible.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to provide vaccinations to our public facing employees, service and essential workers who live and work in the Hunter area, as well as those who are eligible per state guidelines,” Riggs said. “Sen. Michelle Hinchey and the governor’s office have been great partners and advocates in making this happen. Our service industry employees on the mountaintop have persevered through a challenging year and this is the least we can do to protect and support them moving forward. We also wish to thank our local pharmacist Ed Ullmann at WellnessRx for taking on the role of provider and we couldn’t be more grateful to live in a community that is constantly taking care of each other.”

More than 5,000 Greene County residents are fully vaccinated, according to the state’s vaccine tracker.

“The amount [of vaccines] is really going to get the community caught up, but there is still a great need,” McGunnigle said, adding that the slots for Friday’s clinic were filled immediately.

Kelly’s Pharmacy in Greenville has held two vaccinations clinics, on March 13 and March 20, at the Scott M. Ellis Elementary School. About 880 residents received their first dose of the vaccine at these clinics, and the pharmacy will administer second doses at the school in three weeks, pharmacy owner Martin Quinn said.

Greene County Public Health vaccinated 1,500 people last week at three different PODs at the Community Life Church in Catskill. Another 100 vaccines were distributed to homebound residents, Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger, R-New Baltimore, said.

“Last week we wound up with all three vaccines, so that was a first for us,” Linger said. “Sixteen hundred was a big jump for us.”

Using the church worked well, Linger added.

“It’s got a large area to seat people while people are waiting their 15 minutes,” he said. “It worked out well with parking, it worked out well with flow. We could sit about 125 people every 15 mintues.”

The county is expecting 1,300 to 1,400 vaccines this week and will be holding clinics at Coxsackie Senior Center, he said.

“We estimate we can do about 5,000 a week, so we’re not at our capacity yet,” Linger said.

To sign up for Greene County’s vaccine notification system, visit https://www.greenegovernment.com/covid-sign-up

The system is designed to expedite the process of getting a vaccine but is not a mechanism to schedule an appointment.

Those without internet access can call 518-822-9600.

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.

n Kelly’s Pharmacy - Greenville

https://kellyspharmacyinc.com/covid-19-vaccine?fbclid=IwAR3hy46B-NYk73ksVQIjXNivVh_nKrXBL4HBXp-j_mynjL-1aFYprYrxV2c

n Wellness Rx - Tannersville

https://www.wellnessrxllc.com/covid-19-vaccine-signup

n ShopRite - Hudson

https://vaccines.shoprite.com/

n CVS - Cairo, Hudson, Valatie

https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

n Price Chopper - Catskill, Chatham

https://www.pricechopper.com/covidvaccine/

n Walgreens - Visit the website and enter your zip code for nearest location

https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19/location-screening

n Hannaford - Visit the website and enter your zipcode for nearest location

https://hannafordsched.rxtouch.com/rbssched/program/covid19/Patient/Advisory

Editor's note: This article reflects a change in the location of the 700 vaccines to be administered by Greene County Public Health on March 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. was changed from the elementary school to the middle/high school.

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