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400 people get first COVID vaccine dose at Buffalo pop-up clinic

Pre-registration was required at the William-Emslie Family YMCA, where 400 people on Saturday received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The William-Emslie Family YMCA hosted a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday.

Pre-registration was required at the clinic, where 400 people received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

"The pop-ups are extremely important because you want to bring them into neighborhoods where people, live especially for people who may not have transportation. We've had people walk right over from their house they live a block or two over," Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said.

Poloncarz said vaccine hesitancy is still a concern for Erie County, but demand remains high.

The clinic was held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 585 William Street. It represented a partnership between the YMCA Buffalo Niagara and the Erie County Department of Health.

People were screened upon entrance at the William-Emslie Family YMCA. Registration confirmation, a photo ID, proof of age, and proof of eligibility will be required by people scheduled to receive the vaccine.

More information is available at this website, or by calling (716) 858-2929.

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