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More Than Half Of Onondaga County Adults Have At Least One Dose Of COVID-19Vaccine

Onondaga County Executive's Office

Vaccination efforts across Onondaga County continue moving forward with all people 16 and older now eligible to get a shot. Around 52% of the county’s adult population has received at least the first dose of the vaccine. The clinic at the OnCenter is administering six to nine thousand first doses a week, pharmacies have open appointments, and local colleges are planning clinics of their own.

While these sites may still be busy now, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon expects the county will soon shift their focus to serve under vaccinated communities.

"We really need to work with our community partners to get out there. We’ll start doing reverse 911 calls for pop-up clinics, walk-up pop-up clinics in neighborhoods. These are all things that we’re going to have to do and make it really easy for those who maybe don’t have hesitancy, they’re just busy," said McMahon.

The county is mostly using the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine for its current available appointments. McMahon said there are some vials of Pfizer left, which he plans to use for those 16 and 17 since it is the only vaccine authorized for those ages. Resources about the vaccine can be found and appointments can be booked on the county’s website.


LOCATION CHANGE: Drive-Thru Second Dose

People who got their first vaccine dose at the drive-thru clinic at Shoppingtown Mall will not be going there for their second dose. County Executive Ryan McMahon said due to Monday’s weather forecast, the county will instead hold the clinic at the OnCenter. Those second dose appointments are April 12th and April 13th.


Katie Zilcosky is WAER’s All Things Considered host and features reporter. She also co-hosts WAER’s public affairs show Syracuse Speaks. As a reporter, she focuses on technology, economy, and identity.