ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WGRZ) — It’s becoming a challenge and dilemma for local health departments to increase the chances that people will get the COVID vaccine even as the demand for vaccine clinic appointments is starting to level off.
On Wednesday we found out it’s in the works to put COVID vaccine clinics in the workplace.
“Within 24 hours we had four major employers lined up saying please put me in line,” said Dottie Gallagher, president/CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “And a number of other employers through the state have applied to be vaccinators. There’s a very stringent requirement – you have to have an occupational health office etcetera.”
But Gallagher says so far Albany has not provided vaccines directly to those companies that applied to the state for an in-house clinic and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is trying to help them get that vaccine supply. So in the meantime now the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is partnering with the county, which says these could be pop-up clinics run by county staffers at interested companies with the size adjusted to the workforce.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership will also hold vaccine education webinars for company management on Thursday to encourage them to speak with their workers about getting immunized against COVID.