The Otsego County Health Department said Monday it has a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses.

According to a Monday media release, “The first COVID-19 vaccines are here. Due to limited supply from the federal government, availability is limited.

The department urged people to continue to wear masks, keep social distance and avoid small and large gatherings while the vaccination process is underway.

As of Jan. 11, New Yorkers in Phase 1a and segments of Phase 1b are eligible for the vaccines, the release said. All vaccinations will be by appointment only. Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 75 and older, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers.

Residents and staff at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will continue to be vaccinated through a federal program.

As vaccine providers receive vaccine, clinics will be scheduled and residents will be able to make appointments to receive the vaccine. When clinics open up for eligible individuals it will be announced in the media, on Facebook and the Health Department website, the release said.

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