ITHACA, N.Y.—Cayuga Health Systems announced Thursday that if provided with enough vaccination dosages by New York State, the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Shops at Ithaca Mall would be able to handle administering 2,000 shots per day.

So far, the clinic has given out 5,132 vaccines at a pace of 650-800 per day. Cayuga Medical Center has received commendation from Gov. Andrew Cuomo for successfully distributing their full vaccine allocation, but their ability to consistently hold clinics and keep administering the shot is dependent on the state’s delivery rate.

“Our mission is to dispense 100% of the allocated vaccine as it is received, and we have done this continuously since accepting our first shipment,”  said Dr. Martin Stallone, President and CEO of Cayuga Health.  “It is our understanding that the more efficient that we are, the greater the allocation can become in the future. As additional groups are eligible for vaccination—we will reach them quickly.”

Demand for the vaccine has been predictably high, outpacing supply so far. The current eligibility, Phase 1A and 1B, is expected to last several weeks as the state tries to provide enough vaccinations to immunize the 7 million or so people who fit that criteria, which includes those over 65 years of age.

“The partnership we have with Cayuga Health has been key through this pandemic,” states Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County Public Health Director. “We know it is going to take several weeks to months to get through this first phase. We are following New York State guidance for the phased distribution of vaccine.

Cayuga Health also previously announced a third Ithaca sampling site, which will be at Cayuga Medical Center. There are now CHS sampling sites at the following places:

  1. The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Road, Ithaca, NY
  2. Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls, NY
  3. 412 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY
  4. Gutchess Park, Cortlandville, NY
  5. Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY

Matt Butler

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