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Next Phases of Vaccine Distribution in Finger Lakes Region

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Local leaders are outlining the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello held a news conference on Tuesday with Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Michael Mendoza, Ontario County public health director Mary Beer, and Dr. Nancy Bennett of the Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub.

According to County Executive Bello, URMC and Rochester Regional Health have administered around 20,000 doses so far. The Monroe County Department of Public Health has administered around 1,200.

Others in the region, such as nursing home residents and staff members, have also received the first dose of the vaccine, but Bello said those numbers are reported on the federal level.

Bello says vaccine distribution in the region is currently in phase 1a, which includes nursing homes and long-term care facilities. He added that vaccinations have recently expanded to include EMS workers.

According to Dr. Bennett, phase 1b will include non-healthcare essential workers and people over the age of 75. She says during phase 1c, people between the ages of 16 and 65 with chronic conditions will begin to be vaccinated. People who were missed during the first phases will be vaccinated during phase 2. Phase 3 will extend vaccinations to the general public between the ages of 16 and 65.

Dr. Bennett said there is no official timeline for when the region will advance to the next phase.

Dr. Mendoza said during the news conference that mass immunizations could still be months away.

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