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.
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