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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.

  Upstate Medical University will be one of the first places in the world to hold Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trials for kids under 5 years old when the study begins on April 5th.  Healthy children will have to provide blood samples for 2 years to assess their long term response to the vaccine. 



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Many health and government leaders are putting enormous effort into ramping up vaccination against COVID 19.  Most of us probably know someone who’s received a shot, or maybe you’ve gotten one yourself.


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Onondaga County residents 30 and older are newly eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and those 16 and older will soon follow. New York State announced the change Monday. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon has been calling for expanded eligibility in order for the county to maintain its current vaccination pace.

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A plan to address vaccine hesitancy will have to wait until Onondaga County is allowed to vaccinate all adults willing to get a shot. County Executive Ryan McMahon said Thursday his staff needs a complete dataset before developing a plan for outreach and micro targeting communities. Vaccine eligibility is currently limited to those 50 and older, people with comorbidities or people with certain jobs.


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Onondaga County is struggling to fill vaccine appointments and County Executive Ryan McMahon said they are not the only ones with this problem. He said the fairgrounds vaccination site and even other counties are also experiencing this, so it’s time to open up eligibility.

“Let us vaccinate our community. Eligibility needs to be expanded. At this point just let us vaccinate anyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine,” said McMahon.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo forged ahead with a normal schedule Wednesday, he led a campaign style rally and publicly received the Johnson and Johnson COVID -19 vaccine at a church in Harlem.  His actions come amid stronger statements from President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the governor’s political future, and a sexual harassment scandal.

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A federally-funded vaccine clinic run by Syracuse Community Health Center could improve the lagging vaccination rates within some Syracuse zip codes. Senator Chuck Schumer announced Thursday $32 billion would be allocated to community health clinics across New York State to operate as points of distribution and supplied directly by the federal government.

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More people will soon be able to get vaccinated to prevent COVID-19. Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Syracuse Tuesday to explain the expanded guidelines. The event also made a push to alleviate fears and mistrust about the vaccine.

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Onondaga County is vaccinating residents against COVID-19 at a rate that has local leaders asking for the state to increase eligibility. County Executive Ryan McMahon said many of those included in Phases 1A and 1B are no longer having trouble booking a vaccine appointment, and many categories are reaching capacity.