McCoy: ‘Pre-register on our website’

The Enterprise — Michael Koff
“People like going to their churches …. It takes away some of the anxiety,” said Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy on Friday of small vaccine clinics.

ALBANY COUNTY — Daniel McCoy, the county executive, continued on Saturday to urge residents who are eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Albany County has an online tool — — where residents can pre-register and be notified when a vaccination slot becomes available.

Currently, any New Yorker who is 30 or older is eligible as well as people with a listed comorbidity or a listed essential job. Starting on Tuesday, any New Yorker age 16 or older will be eligible.

Although there is still discussion among scientists on the percentage needed for herd immunity — ranging from 70 to 90 percent — there is widespread agreement that currently mask mandates and social distancing should be followed until more people are vaccinated.

As of Saturday evening, according to the state’s vaccine tracker, 31.8 percent of New Yorkers have received at least a first dose of vaccine while 19.2 percent have completed a series.

In Albany County, 39.8 percent of the county’s 307,117 residents have received at least one dose, the tracker reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines each require two shots several weeks apart while Johnson & Johnson requires just one shot. For all three vaccines, it takes two weeks after the final shot to have full immunity.

“Every day, the percentage of Albany County residents who are getting vaccinated goes up and we are getting closer to 70 percent which gets us to herd immunity,” McCoy said in a statement, as he released the latest numbers on Saturday morning.

“We’ve done this as quickly and safely as possible,” he went on, “and I urge everyone who is eligible, those 30 years or older, to pre-register on our website and then get the vaccine when you are notified there are appointments available.”

As of Saturday morning, Albany County has had 22,491 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 60 new cases since Friday, McCoy reported.

Of the new cases,  39 did not have clear sources of infection identified, 19 had close contact with someone infected with the disease, one reported traveling out of state, and one was a health-care worker or resident of a congregate setting.

The five-day average for new daily positives has decreased to 64.6 from 64.8. There are now 586 active cases in the county, up from 568 on Friday.

The number of Albany County residents under quarantine decreased to 1,529 from 1,538. So far, 71,731 residents have completed quarantine. Of those, 21,905 had tested positive and recovered. That is an increase of 33 recoveries since Friday.

There were three new hospitalizations overnight, and there are now 24 county residents hospitalized from the virus. There are currently five patients in intensive-care units, up one from Friday.

Albany County’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 366.

Statewide, as of Friday, as a seven-day rolling average, the infection rate was 3.6 percent, according to the state’s dashboard.

The infection rate for Albany County, also  as of Friday, as a seven-day rolling average, was 2.2 percent.

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