All available appointments filled for Albany clinic Saturday – Times Union

UPDATE: All available appointments for this clinic had been filled as of early Saturday morning.

ALBANY — Albany County is advertising open appointments at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for Saturday at the Times Union Center in Albany.

The county launched a registration link for the clinic designed to serve individuals age 65 or older at 5 p.m. Thursday. But as of late Friday morning more than 1,300 slots were still available — a sign that seniors may still be facing difficulty in navigating online scheduling systems or that supply is finally catching up with demand.

“Usually when we put out a POD link it fills within about five to 10 minutes,” County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen said Friday. “We put this link out yesterday and we still have a lot of spots. So we’re hoping that they will be filled and we are hoping that if we still have capacity we will be allowed to increase the scope of that clinic because we know the most important mission is to be able to get the vaccine out and we are ready and prepared to do that.”

The county sent a text blast Friday afternoon to people who had pre-registered for vaccines to alert them to the availability of slots at Saturday’s clinic. By 6 p.m. the number of open slots had shrunk to 500. On Friday evening, county spokeswoman Mary Rozak said the county had received approval to expand eligibility for the clinic to those with certain health conditions, as well.

“We had some openings and the objective is to get shots in arms so we got approval to make that change,” she said.

The county had previously only been authorized to vaccinate essential workers and then, recently, people with underlying health conditions. Last Friday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signaled that would change, with county health departments soon able to vaccinate the 65-plus crowd.

Albany County officials on Friday urged members of the public to help friends and relatives sign up for vaccine appointments if they are able.

“If you know someone that has not been vaccinated yet, get them registered,” said Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce. “Do what you can to get them registered, get them into the right place to get registered, get them vaccinated.”

Information about how to sign up for Saturday’s clinic is available on the county’s website. Volunteers will be administering first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the clinic, and only people who are able to return for a second dose on Saturday, March 27, are encouraged to sign up. Individuals will need to bring ID to verify their age.

The clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Times Union Center, located at 51 S. Pearl St. Free parking is available at the Times Union Center parking garage at 9 Wendell St. or at the LAZ Pearl Street Parking Garage at 59 Beaver St. Those who are dropping someone off are asked to drop them at the front entrance of the Times Union Center.

Coronavirus updates

Albany County confirmed Friday that another resident has died due to complications from COVID-19.

County Executive Dan McCoy said the victim was a man in his 80s. A total of 359 county residents are now known to have died from the disease.

The county also confirmed 91 new cases of coronavirus overnight, which pushed its seven-day moving average up to 64.

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Another seven residents were hospitalized with the virus overnight, and net hospitalizations grew by five overnight to 40.

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All available appointments filled for Albany clinic Saturday – Times Union

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