If you want to get a COVID-19 vaccination, even if you are in an eligible category, pickings are slim. Vaccinations are scarce and mass vaccination clinics are few and far between.

We’ve given some serious attention to a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo written by Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell and Department of Health Director Jack Mabb.

“We currently have a well-established mass vaccination site with Columbia-Greene Community College, which has been in use by the county Department of Health for vaccine distribution since the beginning of January,” Mabb and Murell wrote. “It would require little in the way of further preparation on both the part of the site or our Department of Health.”

After all, the governor announced in a meeting with county executives and administrators throughout the state that he would help set up mass vaccination points of distribution, or PODs, in other communities.

The message here is simple. The Twin Counties already have a proven site for large-scale vaccinations at Columbia-Greene Community College. A clinic there is capable of vaccinating more than 1,000 people a day, and it could be open to vaccine-seekers in Greene and Columbia counties.

Relatively small rural areas like ours should not be shut out of the opportunity to be vaccinated against a virus that has already killed so many and there will be more. We have an ideal site in our own backyard, right at hand and raring to go if called upon. We also figure it’s a long shot that Columbia-Greene Community College will get a nod. But, once in a while, the long shot comes in.

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