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More vaccine sites coming to Plattsburgh, Potsdam

MALONE — Large-scale, New York state-run vaccination sites are anticipated in the near future in Plattsburgh and Potsdam, Franklin County Public Health announced Thursday.

They will be held at SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall and the Plattsburgh International Airport. The sites will be open by appointment only to those eligible in Phase 1A and 1B, as defined in the governor’s vaccination plan: including anyone 65 years or older, teachers, police officers, firefighters, prison guards and many grocery store workers.

“At this time, we do not know when NYS will open the sites,” the county health department said in a press release Thursday afternoon.

The county recommends that if you are eligible for vaccination, keep checking https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov or calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829) for assistance.

The county said another option for people 65 years or older is to go to kinneydrugs.com and sign up for text or email alerts to be notified when appointments are available.

“Make it part of your daily routine to check the eligibility tool or call the hotline to see if appointments are available, but please be patient at this time,” Franklin County Public Health wrote. “New York is still in the initial phase of vaccine rollout and it is proving to be a slow process, as expected. There are currently 7 million New Yorkers eligible for vaccination, but NYS receives only 300,000 doses at most per week. Most of these doses will be distributed to the NYS vaccination sites. It will take many weeks, well into the spring or summer, to vaccinate all who are eager for the vaccine.”

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