Frustrated county executive questions vaccination priorities

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GOSHEN – Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus is frustrated with the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine.

He acknowledged the supply is coming from the federal government, but he said the state’s guidance is confusing.

The county executive said while the state said all nursing home residents would receive their first dose by this just-concluded weekend, it is not so as there are too many residents in Orange County to be vaccinated.

Neuhaus is also challenging the priorities for those vaccinations.

“It says local governments must prioritize essential workers – police, fire, teachers, transit, etc. – meanwhile senior citizens are dying every day. This is the guidance I am getting from the State of New York. Republicans and Democrats ae frustrated with this as well.  This isn’t a political thing,” he said.

Those essential workers have been receiving their shots as the vaccine becomes available, but all counties have been receiving a fraction of the doses they have requested and need.

 

COUNTIESNEW DEATHS
Columbia 2
Dutchess6
Greene2
Orange4
Putnam2
Rockland3
Ulster3
Westchester9

 

COUNTYTOTAL POSITIVENEW POSITIVE
Columbia2,39753
Dutchess16,327212
Greene1,99531
Orange 28,386218
Putnam6,38692
Rockland31,509163
Sullivan3,76514
Ulster7,548100
Westchester82,708775