The Southern Tier has a perfect record for administering what COVID-19 vaccines it does have in-hand to give to eligible residents.

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January 21, New York Governor Andrew Como said the Southern Tier had administered 32,180 vaccines, giving it a 1005 performance rating.  Statewide, health care distribution sites have administered 93% of first doses and 91% of second doses but is still waiting for more shots to be sent from the federal government.

Both state and local health officials say many more shots could be given if only they were available as residents continue to snap up appointment times as quickly as they open.

Broome County’s Health Department Director, Rebecca Kauffman says the administration of the 400 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine it received this week from the state has gone smoothly in a one-day clinic at the new vaccination pod at SUNY Broome Community College.

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Kauffman says the County normally finds out on Sundays how many doses it will be getting for the following week and would start taking registrations for the next round of shots for people in groups 1a and 1b at that time.

She says the pod at the Ice Center at BCC could easily do more shots than the 400 administered January 21 and could smoothly operate five days a week if the supplies were to become available.

Meanwhile some vaccination centers around New York State, including in Tompkins County and New York City, have had to cancel appointments when supplies of vaccine ran out this week.

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