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Southern Tier falls short of New York State’s overall 70% vaccination rate

The overall NYS vaccination rate for the first dose in 70%, but the Southern Tier falls short of that percentage.

For populations of 18 and older who have had the first dose, Chemung County is at 52.3%, Steuben County is at 51.4%, and Schuyler County is at 56.1%.

Local officials say there is no need to worry because they did not think they would reach the 70% due to the low vaccination turnout.

Chemung County is tracking the data by zip code, hoping that by bringing the vaccine to towns and municipalities with low vaccination rates it will help increase the number of vaccinations.