TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Though Tompkins County officials were hoping to receive another batch of COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, Jan. 19, the health department has just announced that New York State will be unable to deliver a new shipment of vaccines until next week at the earliest.

Luckily, the health department says that the limited availability will not impact those people who have already registered for their second dose of the vaccination, meaning those awaiting their second dose should not be impacted.

The Health Department did say there were a “limited number of doses” that were being delivered to local pharmacies, though scheduling and clinics for those facilities are being handled by them directly.

“A reduced supply of vaccine was delivered to the State from the federal government, and the state has directed a significant number of doses to the state-run mass vaccination sites, including those near Binghamton and Syracuse,” according to the Tompkins County Health Department. “The Health Department expects more doses to be allocated to our community during the week of January 25th, the Health Department continues to work with the state planning for future allocations.”

Public Health Director Frank Kruppa encouraged patience with the process, acknowledging some of the rockiness so far. Ironically, the Tompkins County Health Department was congratulated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday for distributing its full allotment of the vaccination, but is now left without any doses for at least six more days.

“We recognize the stress and anxiety that this places on the public—this pandemic is tough for all of us, please continue to be compassionate with one another and keep one another safe and healthy.”

The Tompkins County Health Department is maintaining its latest vaccination information on its webpage. There are also resources to help people schedule a vaccination the next time one is available on that webpage. The state also has a site where people can check their eligibility.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com