Officials in Chautauqua County speak out after county was reportedly passed over for state vaccination site

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CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Officials in Chautauqua County are speaking out after the county was reportedly passed over for a state vaccination site.

State Sen. George Borrello says federal officials considered Chautauqua County to be an under-served community. He says they recommended it for a site that would have vaccinated a thousand people a day.

“The Biden administration, and the CDC and FEMA had determined four locations that would be for underserved communities… and Chautauqua county was one of those four locations,” explained Borrello.

However, the governor’s office has released a statement saying “it’s false that any plans for a mass vaccination site in Chautauqua County were canceled”, and that the state is “unaware of any such plans for such a site. None existed.”

The Governor’s office responded to the frustrations from county leaders.
“New York State selected areas that best fit the criteria for increasing equitable vaccination access in communities where access is lowest, hesitancy rates are the highest, and vaccination rates are below average.”

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