Ulster County announces COVID-19 distribution plan

KINGSTON – Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, Tuesday, announced elements of the county’s vaccine distribution plan. The county has developed its plan in partnership with the Mid-Hudson Regional Vaccine Hub, led by WMC Health, and the State Department of Health. 

The county has selected the Kate Walton Field House at Kingston High School as its primary vaccine distribution site and The Ellenville Regional Hospital Center as its secondary distribution site. 

Those sites will serve as a central component to expanding access to the vaccine through a multi-faceted approach in addition to eventual distribution at hospitals, health care facilities, pharmacies, and other partners throughout the county. 

The county will be able to perform up to 50,000 vaccinations a month at those county-led facilities. The primary vaccination distribution site in Kingston will be equipped to be able to perform up to 45,000 vaccinations per month and will be open seven days a week. The Ellenville site will be able to perform up to 5,000 vaccinations per month to start and will be open Monday through Friday. 

The county is coordinating closely with other key partners — including hospitals, health care facilities, pharmacies, and providers – to add more vaccination capacity throughout the county. 

The vaccine distribution plan emphasizes a strong focus on reaching underserved populations, with the selection of these sites aiding in ensuring fair and equal access to the vaccine. 

The county will continue to follow the state’s guidelines on the phased distribution of vaccines and encourages residents to familiarize themselves with the phases and identify what phase they are in by checking the state website here

The Kingston site will begin operations on January 11 and the Ellenville site will begin operations on January 14 for eligible groups specified in Phase 1 including health personnel, EMS, and residents and staff at congregate facilities. 

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