Ryan unveils COVID-19 vaccination resource center

Posted 1/13/21

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan last week unveiled the Ulster County virtual COVID-19 Vaccination Resource Center.

The webpage, which can be found at ulstercountyny.gov/vaccines, will serve as a …

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Ryan unveils COVID-19 vaccination resource center

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Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan last week unveiled the Ulster County virtual COVID-19 Vaccination Resource Center.

The webpage, which can be found at ulstercountyny.gov/vaccines, will serve as a hub for residents to find relevant information about the COVID-19 vaccination process in Ulster County. The webpage includes pertinent information to help residents navigate the phases for the vaccine. Additionally, the hub includes a COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ page that addresses common questions and concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine which can be found here. Included in the COVID-19 Vaccination Resource Center is a new Vaccine Notification Request Form. The form will allow residents to sign up to be notified of when they are eligible for a vaccine and to receive instructions on how to register.

“Ensuring all residents are informed of the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out process and have access to the most up-to-date resources and information is critical to our pandemic response,” Ryan said. “The virtual COVID-19 Vaccination Resource Center will serve as a key component of the County’s vaccine distribution plan, assisting us in ensuring we can distribute the vaccine as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible, maximizing efficiency and strengthening our communication with the public as we navigate these next few months and phases together.”

The purpose of the form is to gather contact information for individuals wishing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available to the public in phased roll-outs. The form does not pre-register residents for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment—rather, the form will allow the County to notify individuals when appointments become available.

Currently, the COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out to specific groups included in Phase A outlined by New York State’s Phased Distribution of the Vaccine. Individuals who fill out the form will be notified by the Ulster County Department of Health at their preferred contact information when it is your time to receive the vaccine and will be provided instructions on how to register.

Earlier this week, County Executive Ryan announced significant elements of Ulster County’s Vaccine Distribution Plan. The County has developed its plan in partnership with the Mid-Hudson Regional Vaccine Hub, led by WMC Health, and the New York State Department of Health. The County has selected the Kate Walton Field House at Kingston High School as its primary vaccine distribution site and the Ellenville Regional Hospital Center as its secondary distribution site. These two locations will be key to the county’s efforts to ensure all residents can receive the Coronavirus vaccine rapidly, safely, and equitably. These sites will serve as a central component to expanding access to the vaccine through a multi-faceted approach in addition to eventual distribution at hospitals, health care facilities, pharmacies, and other partners throughout the county.

The County will be able to perform up to 50,000 vaccinations a month at these county-led facilities. The primary vaccination distribution site in Kingston will be equipped to be able to perform up to 45,000 vaccinations per month and will be open seven days a week. The Ellenville site will be able to perform up to 5,000 vaccinations per month to start and will be open Monday through Friday. In addition, the County is coordinating closely with other key partners -- including hospitals, health care facilities, pharmacies, and providers -- to add additional vaccination capacity throughout the county. The County’s vaccine distribution plan emphasizes a strong focus on reaching underserved populations, with the selection of these sites aiding in ensuring fair and equal access to the vaccine.

The County will continue to follow the State’s guidelines on the phased distribution of vaccines and encourages residents to familiarize themselves with the phases and identify what phase they are in by checking the State website here. The Kingston site will begin operations on January 11 and the Ellenville site will begin operations on January 14 for eligible groups specified in Phase 1 including health personnel, EMS, and residents and staff at congregate facilities.

For more information and questions, please visit the Ulster County COVID-19 Vaccination Resource Center: covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/vaccine-resource-center/ or call the Recovery Service Center at 845-443-8888.

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