TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Area residents will soon have another option for COVID-19 vaccinations, as SUNY Cortland just announced it is opening a new coronavirus vaccination facility.

The facility, located at the Park Center Alumni Ice Arena, is a combined effort between SUNY Cortland, Cortland County and Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. It will begin administering shots, according to the school, as early as next week. There is no county residence requirement.

“As a member of this special community, SUNY Cortland is always eager to help,” SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum said. “During times like these, all segments of the community must collaborate and work together.”

Appointments are required, and information on times, locations and how to make appointments will be able on the Cortland County website and via local media.

The school doesn’t know how many doses it will be able to provide—that will be determined by deliveries from the state. Other places have faced somewhat inconsistent deliveries, like in Tompkins County, where Cayuga Health Services has been celebrated for its efficient vaccination distribution, yet still faced a day without enough vaccination supply to run a clinic on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Demand is certainly high, though: when CHS did receive enough of a shipment to provide three more clinics this week, appointments were taken up in under an hour after the announcement was made. Eligibility was just expanded to include those who are 65 years of age and older, and some people who are immunocompromised.

Matt Butler

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