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Vaccination rates continue to inch up locally

More than 45,000 Chautauqua County residents have completed their COVID-19 vaccination series, while 51.5% of adults have received at least one shot.

According to New York state’s vaccine tracker, 45,117 have completed their series in the county while 53,222 have received at least one dose to date.

In Cattaraugus County, 23,022 have either received the one-dose shot or have received both of the two-dose vaccine. Further, 27,088 have received at least one shot, representing about 44.7% of adults in the county.

Locally, Chautauqua County residents have several options to getting the COVID-19 vaccine. A walk-in clinic will take place from 3-6 p.m. today at Panama Central School, located at 41 North St.

On Tuesday, the Cassadaga Valley School bus garage was the site of a drive-through clinic, where doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were made available. Gowanda Central School also held a clinic.

Doses will be administered from 8-10 a.m. Friday at Brooks Memorial Hospital, located at 529 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. At SUNY Fredonia, a clinic will be held Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Steele Hall track and field facility.

Those who wish to attend an upcoming clinic can register at chqgov.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccination-clinics.

Several pharmacies also have vaccines available.

Meanwhile, the county Health Department reported just five new confirmed cases of the virus Tuesday. There are currently 72 active cases, seven people with COVID in the hospital and 388 in quarantine.

To date there have been 9,080 total confirmed cases, 8,856 recoveries and 152 virus-related deaths.

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