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Onondaga County continues its vaccine outreach in under vaccinated communities. This week will see pop up clinics in Mattydale, Cicero, Skaneateles, and on Syracuse’s North and South sides. County Executive Ryan McMahon said they are heading into neighborhoods with low vaccination rates, hoping to address hesitancy and ease of access.

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New York State’s mass vaccination sites may have opened for walk up appointments Thursday, but Onondaga County still wants those coming to their clincs to pre-register. County Executive Ryan McMahon said unlike the state, the county doesn’t have its vaccine supply just at one site.

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Onondaga County vaccine clinics will start using the Johnson & Johnson shot again, starting with a Friday clinic at Fabius Community Center. The county had suspended use of the single-dose vaccine as the FDA and CDC investigated the few cases of rare blood clots following vaccination. Health Commissioner Doctor Indu Gupta said the federal warning and pause should instill confidence, not raise concern.

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New data from Onondaga County indicates there is still work to be done in the journey to herd immunity, specifically getting more people between the ages of 50 and 59 to get a vaccine. Just over a third of county residents between those ages are fully vaccinated.

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The demand for COVID-19 tests in Onondaga County has decreased, so the county-run site for symptomatic testing at the Central New York regional market will close. County Executive Ryan McMahon said it’s not a sign that the virus is no longer a threat in the community.


Onondaga County plans to soon shift its COVID-19 vaccine efforts and resources to focus on specific communities. County Executive Ryan McMahon said today that close to 200,000 county residents have received at least the first dose of a vaccine, but around 75% of the population needs to be vaccinated in order to reach herd immunity.

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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.

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Onondaga County residents can expect to stop paying the 4% energy tax enacted during the pandemic earlier than expected. County Executive Ryan McMahon said now that the county has a better picture of the coronavirus’s economic impact, he believes it’s no longer necessary.

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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.