BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Wednesday at 8 a.m., the number of people able to get vaccinated at Buffalo’s Delavan-Grider Community Center vastly expanded.
Up until then, appointments there were restricted to 10 specific area codes in the vicinity. This policy was put in place to help people in underserved areas get protected from COVID-19.
Now that eligibility has expanded, anyone in groups 1A or 1B could sign up to get vaccinated there, no matter where in Erie County they live.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says that within eight minutes, 6,000 appointments were booked. By 9:30 a.m., there were no appointments left.
“That means in the last 24 hours, more than 14,000 appointment slots were filled,” Poloncarz says.
To see if you’re eligible to get a vaccine in New York, click or tap here, or call 1-833-697-4829.
Gabrielle Mediak is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.