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3/5/2021   - CHAMBER ASKS THAT VACCINATION PROCESS BE OPENED TO EMPLOYEES OF NORTH COUNTRY MANUFACTURERS

CHAMBER ASKS THAT VACCINATION PROCESS BE OPENED TO EMPLOYEES OF NORTH COUNTRY MANUFACTURERS  -  -

The North Country Chamber of Commerce is asking Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Health Department to open the way for employees of essential manufacturers to be vaccinated.

"The vaccination process is clearly expanding successfully statewide and certainly here in the North Country," says Garry Douglas, Chamber President, "including the highly efficient state clinics in Plattsburgh and Potsdam, the newer county clinics including at Clinton Community College, and a growing network of pharmacy sites. Also welcome and notable is the continuing expansion of vaccine supplies with further vaccines expected soon."

The Chamber notes that essential manufacturing employees are part of the 1b group defined by the CDC, but that New York State has gradually opened eligibility to sub-categories of 1b individuals as initial priority groups have been substantially reached and as supplies and capacity have grown. "We have welcomed gradual additions in recent weeks such as restaurant and front line hotel employees," Douglas notes. "But our manufacturers, most of whom were identified as essential from the beginning and have done a great job operating safely and smartly, are dealing with the continued challenges which a mostly unvaccinated set of employees present on the worksite, including employee quarantines because of possible off-site contacts. They've been patient and understanding that the system needed to ramp up, but we share their belief that the time has come to open eligibility to their workers."