20,000 Erie County Residents on Waiting List for Vaccine
Even though there are mass vaccination sites open around Erie County, there are thousands of people on the current waitlist. The supply, or lack of supply, of the vaccine, is at the heart of the issue. That's what is causing the bottleneck, according to WKBW. The county started vaccinating the people who completed the "ECDOH COVID-19 Vaccine Notification Form" first. As it stands, 13 percent of all adults in the county have received both doses of the vaccine. Things will be moving slowly according to the Commissioner of the Erie County Health Department, Dr. Gale Burstein, who told WKBW,
“We’re getting less vaccine this week than we did last week, so the vaccine supply is still tight.”
KeyBank Center in Buffalo is Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Site
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced last week that the County has partnered with Pegula Sports Entertainment and the Buffalo Sabres to open another mass vaccination site in Buffalo. According to Poloncarz's website, the site began vaccinations today, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. The first round of registration information was sent out to people who previously signed up for the ECDOH Vaccine Notifications. You can get more info at www.erie.gov/vaccinenotice.
Delavan Grider COVID-19 Vaccination Site Accepting Appointments
The Delavan Grider vaccination is open and scheduling appointments, according to Governor Cuomo's website. The site expects to vaccinate 1,000 people per day, depending on the vaccine supply. The Delavan Grider Community Center site is one of the six community-based vaccination sites that New York State has established. The State is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to create these centers. Appointments at the Delevan Grider vaccination site are open to any eligible residents of Western New York.
You can also check out our comprehensive list of pharmacies and other locations in Western New York that are offering vaccinations. Please call ahead as there is no guarantee they have any appointments available.