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Nearly a quarter of Monroe County's population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but the vaccination rate in Rochester's low-income ZIP codes is just over 3%.

To address the inequity, the Rochester Area Community Foundation is launching a community vaccine education program.

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Hundreds of Rochester residents received their first dose of the COVID vaccine Wednesday at the former Kodak Hawkeye location on St. Paul Street. 

New York state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency run the site, one of four mass vaccination clinics opened around the state to make the vaccine more accessible to underserved communities.

Governor Cuomo's office

A winter storm caused state vaccination sites to close Monday in the downstate area, but ones in upstate remained open.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a briefing, blamed the federal government for ongoing glitches in the state’s vaccine rollout.

The state’s vaccination program continues to be plagued by problems, and new data from New York City shows that people of color are receiving the vaccination at lower rates than white people.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Gov. Andrew Cuomo again expanded the vaccine eligibility requirements in New York to include anyone over the age of 65.

Cuomo said Tuesday that the state's following new federal guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I don't want New Yorkers to think that we are not doing everything we can to make them eligible for the vaccine, because I want to keep people in New York as calm as we can keep people in these anxious times,” Cuomo said. “And I don't want people to think that people in any other state are eligible when they're not.”

University of Rochester Medical Center

Monroe County plans to hire 30 registered nurses on a temporary basis to aid in COVID-19 vaccination efforts, officials announced Monday.

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Vaccinating all residents of Monroe County and the Finger Lakes region will take more than a year at the rate at which people are being inoculated, county officials and hospital administrators said Tuesday.

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Hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccine are being shipped around the country and a Rochester company has a major role in that distribution.

AeroSafe Global, a cold-chain packaging and shipping company that does a lot of work for the pharmaceutical industry, has been producing tens of thousands of specially designed boxes and related packaging to get COVID-19 vaccines to places like hospitals and nursing homes and pharmacies.

WXXI hosts a live, televised forum addressing COVID-19 vaccines.

Governor Cuomo's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that New York will receive 170,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by Dec. 15, and front-line health care workers and nursing home residents will be among the first to receive it.

The University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester Regional Health are among the institutions partnering with the drug company Pfizer and the immunotherapy company BioNTech to test a group of COVID-19 vaccine candidates.