On Feb. 17, Westchester County released an updated list of 24 pharmacies and medical facilities offering Covid-19 vaccinations. None of the locations were in Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings, or Irvington.
To the north, there was one in Elmsford, one in Tarrytown, two in Ossining, and one in Peekskill. To the south, there were seven in Yonkers.
The largest numbers of doses were available at the Westchester County Department of Health in White Plains (2,700), Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco (500), Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow (400), and Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla (200). The rest of the locations each had 100 doses.
Westchester County announced its previous list on Feb. 9 (35 locations). The County adds the lists to its website (westchestergov.com) in the News and Events section. The Rivertowns Enterprise posted links to the lists on its Facebook page.
The good news is the more and more locations offer vaccinations every week. The frustrating fact is that the list of locations is as fluid as the river the flows both ways. In other words, appointments remain moving targets.
The New York State Health Department website remains perplexing as well. As of Feb. 17, it still listed the Westchester County Center in White Plains as the only State-run site in Westchester.
On that same date, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced 13 community-based pop-up vaccinations sites would open this week, including the Haverstraw Community Center and the Port Chester Senior Center — the two closest to the Rivertowns.
Cuomo’s office also announced that the State and FEMA would open four vaccination sites, including the New York National Guard Armory at 2 Quincy Place in Yonkers. The other three will be in Albany, Buffalo, and Rochester.
The press release declared that “These four major vaccination sites outside of New York City will vaccinate approximately 1,000 New Yorkers each day beginning the first week of March, and appointments will be initially reserved for members of the community in which the sites are located.”
Keeping up with the availability of vaccines is impossible, even for those of us who keep up with information for a living. To help, New York State has a Covid-19 Vaccination Hotline (1-833-697-4829) and an Am I Eligible app available at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.
For those who need a more personal touch, the Town of Greenburgh has a Covid Angels program. To reach the volunteer angels, call Town Supervisor Paul Feiner at (914) 438-1343 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. To volunteer, fill out the form mentioned in his letter to the editor on Page 13.