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Local health departments feel shutout from state vaccination plans

One official in Cayuga County is asking why local health departments aren’t being utilized when it comes to vaccine distribution.

Historically, local health departments have been hubs of vaccine distribution.

Cayuga County Public Health Director Kathleen Cuddy told The Citizen in a story published on Saturday that she doesn’t understand why counties like hers are being pushed out the equation.

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“There is a collective astonishment that local health departments have not been brought to the table, not only to discuss this but just to keep us aware of it,” Cuddy told The Citizen. “We don’t have to be making all the decisions. We don’t have to be the only game in town. But we have to be sitting at the table. It’s appalling to me that we aren’t.”

At this point, Governor Andrew Cuomo has identified regional hospital systems that will largely handle distribution to counties in their region. SUNY Upstate will handle Central New York, which includes Cayuga County; and URMC will take responsibility for the Finger Lakes.

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