Hudson Headwaters Health Network is now among the 950 federally-qualified health centers slated to receive doses of COV-19 vaccines directly from the federal government, the US Department of Health and Human Services has announced.
Supplies for the 17,000 vaccinations delivered by Hudson Headwaters since December have thus far come from the New York State Department of Health, said Sean Phillpot-Jones, Hudson Headwaters’ Vice President of Grants Management.
“We are now entitled to receive vaccines directly from the federal government, rather than having to rely upon the New York State Department of Health to make the allocations,” Phillpot-Jones said on March 19. “We placed our first orders for vaccines this week and hope shipments will start arriving shortly.”
As of late February, the number of patients eligible for vaccinations far exceeded the amount of vaccine available to Hudson Headwaters from New York State, the network’s CEO, Dr. Tucker Slingerland, said in a statement issued at that time.
Hooper said it is not yet clear how many doses the federal government will send Hudson Headwaters, and how those shipments will impact the numbers vaccinated at the network’s health centers.
“The number of doses we receive will be based, at least partially, on the numbers of people in Hudson Headwaters’ service area eligible for vaccinations,” said Hooper.
As the criteria for eligibility expands so, too, will the numbers of doses delivered to Hudson Headwaters and the numbers of people scheduling vaccinations, network officials said.
All three FDA-approved caccines – those produced by Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson – are expected to be made available to all federally-qualified health centers, said Jane Hooper, a spokeswoman for Hudson Headwaters.
According to Hooper, “The Hudson Headwaters Health Network’s website is the best source of information about the availability of vaccine at each of our health centers and the steps to be taken to make appointments.”
For more information, visit www.hhhn.org/coronavirus