Earlier this month New York State named Westchester Medical Center (WMC) as the vaccination hub for the Mid-Hudson region. WMC has now tapped local officials throughout the region to assist with vaccine distribution as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“Putnam County has taken prompt action to support the hub,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “We have identified representatives that work with under-served populations to serve on a regional task force for vaccine implementation. Each of our neighboring counties will advise the hub on local implementation—this regional collaboration is the key to ensuring our communities, particularly those most at-risk, are protected.”
Michael Nesheiwat MD, Health Commissioner, adds, “Our health department has been prepared to receive vaccines and implement immunization pods. We have the expertise and are glad to be brought to the table to help the region successfully roll-out the vaccine to the prioritized groups.”
The Putnam County Executive and the Commissioner of Health are working together to finalize locations for vaccine points of dispensing (PODS) and will follow the guidelines for priority and dispensing of the vaccine, according the New York State and CDC requirements. While the state and the region are still in Phase 1 of the roll-out to those most at risk, the Putnam County Department of Health is prepared to assist with vaccinations at each phase of implementation. Information for vaccine distribution to the general public will be shared as it becomes available. Up-to-date information on CDC COVID-19 vaccine recommendations can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/8-things.html.