Why Is Otsego Ignored? Oberacker Asks Zucker

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Why Is Otsego Ignored?

Oberacker Asks Zucker

Senator Oberacker

ONEONTA – State Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, today grilled state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker on the shortage of vaccines in his district, including Otsego County, during a joint legislative public hearing on the governor’s budget proposal.

“The rural region I represent was forced to shut down – even when most counties had an extremely low number of cases – if any,” said Oberacker, a member of the Senate Health Committee. “Now, with the vaccine being distributed, my district is completely forgotten.  What am I supposed to tell my constituents?”

Zucker asked for patience.  “I know we are working with the communities on this and let’s see where we are after the end of this weekend when more vaccines are out there,” he said.

 Senator Oberacker serves as a member of the Senate Health Committee.


7 thoughts on “Why Is Otsego Ignored? Oberacker Asks Zucker

  1. normano1952

    This whole area has been neglected with little to no vaccine available, especially in Schoharie Co. I had to go out of the area to get my 1st vaccine.

  2. Ed George

    Good for Senator Oberacker. Now if NYS was only listening.
    The only places that the NYS Government is interested in and listens to, are the Democratic run urban areas. I find it amazing that Bassett Healthcare, the premier healthcare facility for at least 3 rural counties, can’t get vaccine for the population it serves. Not only that, a lot of their staff had to go to Utica (Democrat controlled) to get vaccinated. And yet we’re asked to believe that Covid-19 is being handled “scientifically” and not “politically”.

  3. Robert Hanft

    The distribution of vaccine is a mess in NYS and it is easy to blame on supply. However,the official CDC Vaccine Tracker as of 2/25 ranks NYS 42nd lowest in terms of the percentage of vaccine administered- the State has received 5.5 million vaccine shots and administered only 3.9 million- or only 70%. It is not clear how the vaccine is allocated by county- by population or does NYC get the most.
    In addition, the website that has been made available is totally inadequate and crashes repeatedly, requiring the user to start over again. My message to the Health Commissioner and Governor Coumo- stop the excuses and tell us your plan for getting shots in the arm of Upstate NY residents- we don’t want to travel to Postdam or Plattsburg to get our shots

  4. Charles Thompson

    We totally agree. I had to get my shots in Ithaca. My wife got hers in Utica. Seems otsego county is a vaccine wasteland.

  5. Joan Pondolfino

    Why is Otsego not able to get any and down state is getting so much? I am in my 80’s and my friend is 94 and there is no way we can get an appt. I have been trying several times a day!

  6. Joan Pondolfino

    Why is Otsego not able to get any and down state is getting so much? I am in my 80’s and my friend is 94 and there is no way we can get an appt. I have been trying several times a day!

  7. Joan Pondolfino

    Let’s get some vaccine sites in Otsego. I am in my 80’s and can’t drive long distances. I have been on line every morning at 7 AM and throughout the day and no appts available is the message i am getting. I know that i am eligible ! Joan

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