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Yasmin Young speaks with Dr. Burstein About the COVID-19 Vaccine

I had a chance to speak with Dr. Gale Burstein, the Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Health, about where we stand currently in getting Western New Yorkers vaccinated. So far 45 percent of Erie County residents have received their vaccine and 50 percent of eligible Erie County residents have taken their first dose.

She said folks who are immuno-compromised from organ transplants or kidney disease need to be careful, even if they are fully vaccinated, they may still be vulnerable. She said that the people around those people should get vaccinated, so they can form a cocoon around the vulnerable, to keep them protected.

If you haven't been vaccinated yet and are ready to do it, you do not need to make an appointment at an Erie County Health Department vaccine clinic. You can visit the Health Department's website to get more information.

 Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted about vaccination appointments that are available in Erie County;

There are still 300+ COVID-19 Vaccine appointments for the Friday, April 23 Pop-up
@ECDOH Moderna 18+ Clinic at the Durham Zion Church, 174 East Eagle Street, in Buffalo. You can call 716-858-2929 to schedule an appointment, or click below: https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=C007DD34C7DC0894E0530A6C7C1623A4

The Erie County Health Department tweeted an update on COVID-19 cases,

COVID-19 cases for April 21: 457 new cases were confirmed by ECDOH. 2,739 total cases over the past 7 days. 298 total new cases per 100,000 Erie County residents over the past 7 days. Total cases through April 21 are now 83,634.

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.