TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department has published a registration link for use by anyone 65 years of age or over who would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The appointments are currently only available for one day: Friday, March 5.

It’s another encouraging sign for vaccine distribution locally, as this is the first time the health department has had enough supply to release a public vaccination registration link. The link is available on the department’s COVID-19 website. The county was given 1,570 vaccine doses this week that it allocated for the 65 and over population, some of which were given out to low income senior residents already.

It has already been sent to every person over the age of 65 who has enrolled in the county’s Vaccine Registry program, which is open to anyone who is eligible for the vaccine. If someone is under 65 and registers for a March 5 appointment, they will be denied access.

All vaccines administered through this window will be done at the mass vaccination site at the Shops at Ithaca Mall. Individuals who may have already scheduled another appointment in the future at a different site can still sign up for a March 5 vaccination in Ithaca, as long as they are over 65 years old.

From the health department: “The Vaccine Registry is a form for anyone who lives, works, and/or goes to school in Tompkins County. Individuals can fill out the form with their name, contact information, and their eligibility group. Once the individual is in the registry, TCHD will send them a registration link when vaccine appointments are available for the group in which they are eligible. The registration link will be sent via email from swift911@tompkins-co.org unless it is noted on the form that the individual does not have access to the Internet. In that case, the person would receive a phone call to assist them with registering. A video to explain how to fill out the vaccine registry form is available on the Health Department website.”

Matt Butler

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