December 2, 2022

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Erie County seeks data on nursing home vaccinations

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – It is unknown how many nursing homes in Erie County have received the coronavirus vaccine.

Nursing homes are supposed to receive the vaccines through Walgreens or CVS as per the federal government partnership that New York State agreed to follow.

When vaccinations began nearly three weeks ago, officials knew how many nursing homes received it. Since then, there’s been no update.

“It’s very disappointing,” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Monday. “We do not know what nursing homes have been vaccinated in Erie County or, for that matter, the rest of Western New York despite repeated efforts to get that information. It’s really sad because we get calls from people saying ‘When is our nursing home going to get vaccinated?’.”

Poloncarz called on the federal government to release the information on nursing home vaccinations and for the state to release whatever information, if any, they have.

“I assume the state has the data,” Poloncarz said.

Governor Cuomo on Monday said New York will expedite the federal program that has operated behind schedule. Of the more than 600 nursing homes statewide, about 288 of them have received the first dose of the vaccine.

Cuomo said the state will supplement the federal program with 234 additional doses for nursing homes which he said will bring the vaccination rate to 85% by the end of the week.

“That will be significant progress on the nursing home residents,” Cuomo said. “We want to get that done over the next two weeks. “