Health Officials from the Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming County Health Departments sent a request to Governor Cuomo today, requesting a more accessible vaccination site for rural residents in their area. The proposed location for this vaccination clinic would be at Genesee Community College.
The full letter is printed below:
The Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming County Health Departments respectfully request a regional mass vaccination clinic at the Genesee Community College (GCC) campus to provide COVID-19 vaccine to the rural counties. These counties have consistently been left out of the COVID-19 response with delays in testing supplies and now with very limited vaccine allocations. All three counties are medically underserved and having a regional clinic with less than a half hour commute would benefit these communities.
The residents of these counties are strategically located between Buffalo and Rochester and many residents have limited access to transportation to travel 45-60 minute commute twice to safely get the COVID-19 vaccine. This would also draw the eastern and western portions of other contiguous counties. The college campus is easily accessible from the Thruway. The GCC campus facility, if properly staffed, through assistance by the National Guard has the capacity of vaccinating in excess of 2,000 individuals per day.
With the three counties vulnerable and underserved populations, the county Local Health Departments also request to continue receiving allocations for their vulnerable populations locally to meet the needs of those with transportation/access issues while also supporting a larger regional clinic at GCC.
Our three counties look forward to working with your office to provide this much needed and more equitable solution to meet the needs of the more rural communities.
For further conversation around establishing this clinic, please contact Paul Pettit at Paul.Pettit@orleanscountyny.gov or 585-589-3250.
Rochelle Stein, Genesee County Legislative Chairwoman
Lynne Johnson, Orleans County Legislative Chairwoman
Rebecca Ryan, Wyoming County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman
Paul Pettit, Genesee Orleans County Health Departments Director
Dr. Gregory Collins, Wyoming County Health Department Medical Director
Cc: David DiPietro, Patrick Gallivan, Stephen Hawley, Michael Norris, Robert Ortt, and, Edward Rath,III”