County website will let you know when vax is available


By Patsy Nicosia

Schoharie County has set up a place on its website for those interested in getting a COVID vaccine—when they become available.
The information will be used to help the Health Department create a contact list; staff will reach out as the vaccines—now just a couple of hundred doses a week—become more widely available.
Currently, the vaccine is available mostly just to those in the medical field, those working in schools, and those over-65—again, as available.
The form is available at
The form is not for scheduling an appointment; more than 8,000 people have already indicated an interest in receiving the vaccine, the Health Department said Friday.
Anyone without access to the internet or who has trouble filling out the form can call the Health Department at (518) 295-8390.
Call volume, however, is expected to be high; you may have trouble getting through.
The state’s week eight allocation of vaccines will arrive mid-week.
As of Monday, 1,361,212 first doses and 299,007 second doses had been administered statewide; first doses received were 1,554,450 and second, 725,050.
In the Mohawk Valley, however, just 35,766 doses had been administered; 59,860 had been received.
The state has established a vaccine dashboard to provide daily updates on how many vaccines it’s received,
The numbers
As of Tuesday, Schoharie County had reported 1,033 positive COVID cases, an increase of four from Monday.
Deaths remained at eight.
SUNY Cobleskill began its spring semester Monday.
Students were required to provide proof of a negative COVID test to return and ongoing on-campus testing is expected to significantly drop the county’s positivity rate.
According to the state’s COVID Dashboard, of the 1,256 college students and staff tested over the past two weeks, two, or .16 percent, tested positive.
In local public schools, Cobleskill-Richmondville has recorded 41 positive COVID cases; Schoharie, 19; Middleburgh, 9; Gilboa-Conesville, 5; Jefferson, 8; Sharon Springs, 7; and Worcester, 12.