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A New York State-run vaccine clinic at the Dome Arena will open on January 20, 2021. The Dome Arena is located at 2695 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta. New York State is currently vaccinating eligible New Yorkers who are in Phase 1a and 1b population groups.

Beginning last Friday, appointments can be made online through the New York State “Am I Eligible” website or by calling the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-697-4829.
Twelve Rite-Aid stores in the Finger Lakes region are receiving vaccine doses this week. Store locations are in Genesee, Wyoming, Monroe, Yates and Ontario Counties. Each store is receiving 100-200 doses. Rite-Aid has a custom scheduling tool for its New York State stores. Appointments are for 65+ only, and should be made using this link only: https://sr.reportsonline.com/sr/riteaid/NYS2021.

Appointments are needed for the vaccine clinics listed above. Currently, there are no walk-ins allowed.

As of January 11, Governor Cuomo indicated that Phase 1B of New York State’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program started. Some of the prioritized populations in Phase 1B include: teachers and education workers, first responders, public safety workers, public transit workers, and people 75 and older.

According to Jennifer Rodriguez, Livingston County’s Public Health Director, “The Livingston County Department of Health (LCDOH) plans to announce new dates for vaccination clinics as we receive more vaccine from the state.”

“Our vaccine supply is dependent on what the state provides to us. At this time, our supply is extremely limited, and as such, it may take months to vaccinate the Phase 1A and Phase 1B populations.  Please be patient as we embark on this process,” said Rodriguez.

With Phase 1A already underway, Rodriguez continued, “Our goal is to rapidly, safely and efficiently vaccinate the groups identified in the State’s prioritization plan, subject to the availability of the vaccine.  To date, there have been approximately 2,500 Phase 1A vaccinations throughout Livingston County, and LCDOH has vaccinated 248 Phase 1A individuals. The process has gone very smoothly.”

Livingston County Administrator Ian M. Coyle stated, “I want to recognize the work of our LCDOH staff in meeting this effort head on.”

Coyle continued, “There is a lot of mixed messaging going on, and there is some confusion on timing and availability. But, rest assured, we will be doing everything in our power and capacity to get our hands on more vaccine supply to distribute and administer to our residents.”

Go to the New York State “Am I Eligible” tool that will help you determine when you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are eligible, the tool will connect you to locations that are scheduling appointments.

New York State also has a COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline that can be used to schedule vaccination appointments. The hotline is 1-833-697-4829 (1-833-NYS-4-VAX).

If you have a fever, cough or trouble breathing, please call your health care provider for an assessment of your symptoms. If you feel as though you may have had exposure to COVID-19, please call LCDOH at 585-243-7270. Call 1-877-280-6775 if you would like general information on COVID-19 or to learn how to volunteer. Livingston County Mental Health has created a help line for community members who need someone to talk to during these stressful times. This is a free and confidential service. Please call 585-243-7251, Monday – Friday from 9:00AM – 5:00PM.

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