Lewis County General may have to return vaccine doses

Lewis County General may have to return vaccine doses
Lewis County General Hospital has a new logo, a new promise, and a new name. (Source: WWNY)

LOWVILLE, N.Y. (WWNY) - Lewis County General is one hospital likely to lose at least some of its vaccine doses.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said earlier this week that hospitals will have to give back what doses they don’t use by the end of the week.

Lewis County General has administered only half of what it was given.

“If we play our cards right, very few doses will have to leave our county and that’s our goal.”

That was the message Lewis County Health System CEO Jerry Cayer shared with county lawmakers Tuesday night.

“The vaccination effort in Lewis County, I think, has gotten off to a great start,” county manager Ryan Piche said.

To date, more than 500 people have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in Lewis County.

That includes health care workers and long-term care facility residents.

“We have had two weeks of clinics and we have not wasted a single dose,” Cayer said.

But how many doses are left? Cayer says nearly 600, 418 Moderna doses, and 180 Pfizer doses.

Piche says there are two more vaccine clinics for health care workers this week.

“I expect we are going to vaccinate between 120 and 140 individuals,” Cayer said. “If we could exceed that, that would be great.”

Unless they exceed that by hundreds of vaccinations, a large portion of the doses available for Lewis County will go to hospitals in other counties.

Anyone who qualifies in phase 1 of vaccinations, who has not already received a vaccine, can call the Public Health Department to register for a clinic time slot.

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