The bell rang but I didn’t hear it. I’d been vaccinated — the first shot — and I was verklempt. Maybe I’d survive.
Vaccine appointments are about as scarce as rolls of toilet paper were last year. Still, each week Ulster County has been receiving more than 1000 doses through the state and the federal government recently started sending doses directly to pharmacies. Eventually, anyone who wants a vaccine will have the opportunity to get one. But when?
Seniors, who face the highest risk of death from Covid-19, have thus far confronted the most convoluted process for signing up for a vaccine, needing to navigate among various local pharmacies, each with its own way of doing things. But next week, thanks to expanded eligibility, Ulster County residents of any age who have an underlying condition will have the option to be vaccinated at one of the two county-run sites in Kingston and Ellenville, which have a single, relatively straight-forward signup and notification process.
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan said today that an Ulster County resident has tested positive for the UK strain of
County Executive Pat Ryan said today that the county has so far received 6800 doses total, less than 10 percent of those needed to provide the first round of shots for the 70,000 Ulster residents who are eligible.
As the availability of vaccines for the Covid-19 virus increases, the county may establish a vaccine distribution site in Saugerties, said Mayor William Murphy said at the regular Village Board meeting on Monday, February 1.
The coronavirus pandemic has been traumatic for every school-age child. That’s one of the working assumptions being used by school officials who have adapted educational and emotional support systems for a world of isolation and unequal access to the school community.
New Paltz Superintendent Angela Urbina-Medina informed the school board last week that there’s a backlog of test results, but in this case it’s at the county health department rather than on teacher’s desks.
Ulster County will get fewer vaccines this week than it did last week, and all the appointments at the county-run Covid-19 vaccination site at Kingston High School are spoken for, said County Executive Pat Ryan earlier today. Calling the vaccine rollout “frustratingly slow,” Ryan said the federal government was at fault for not distributing vaccines faster.
It was a whirlwind week for Dr. Neal Smoller, pharmacist and proprietor of Village Apothecary in Woodstock. He administered the first of two Covid-19 vaccine doses to 120 Woodstock-area residents at a quickly assembled clinic at the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center on Rock City Road.