Allegany County vaccinates thousands during its largest vaccine clinic

Allegany County

WELLSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Public health officials say Allegany County is used to vaccinating a few hundred people a week, on Friday alone they vaccinated about 1,000 people.

The four-day pop-up vaccination site is being held at the Wellsville Riverwalk Plaza in Allegany County.

Health officials say this is what they needed to get more vaccines in the arms of Allegany residents.

“I think it would make anyone feel really good to come in and see that the people in Allegany county are getting vaccinated, which is what our goal has been all along,” said Theresa Moore, who’s the supervising public health educator for the county.

Allegany county at one point was last in the state for vaccinating its residents.

Public health officials say that’s a combination of low supply and people out of the county were filling up appointments.

We caught up with a few residents who are relieved they finally got their shot.

Allegany resident Dylan Bowers said, “I’m pretty excited you know I hope the second shot does the trick. I’m pretty ready for all this to be over.”

“Exciting, yes and as a business owner, this hopefully makes us able to open up soon. It’s been tough,” resident Torie Horton told us.

“It’s just nice to have the first part done and can’t wait for the second,” said Chautauqua county resident Kenneth Klugh.

According to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker, Allegany County is third to last in the state for vaccinating its residents. Orleans county is currently last.

Sarah Minkewicz is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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