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State Opens Vaccination Rolls To People 50 And Older; Private Practices To Administer Shots

New York State added more than 2 million state residents to the COVID-19 eligibility list this week and began allowing individual medical practices to start requesting vaccine allocations for their doctors to administer to patients — some of which have already started booking appointments.

Q&A: Hospital Chief Reflects On Lessons Learned During The Pandemic Year

Robert Chaloner, chief administrative officer of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, spoke last week via Zoom one year after the official start of the tumultuous pandemic year.

Mass Vaccination Center At Stony Brook Southampton Campus Opens Friday

New York State will open a mass vaccination site at the Stony Brook Southampton college campus on Friday, March 19, with appointments for up to 1,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine available each day.

Thousands Of Vaccinations For South Fork Seniors

After months of pleas by local officials, thousands of local senior citizens got their first COVID-19 vaccine shots at distribution PODs on the South Fork last week, with the anticipation of much easier access to the growing supply of doses on the horizon.

Doula Helps Pregnant Women Through Home Births Amid Pandemic

“If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess during labor, then someone isn’t treating her right,” said Ina May Gaskin, considered the mother of modern midwifery. Doula Melissa Mapes Miller takes those words to heart with her business, Living Wild on Long Island.

Westhampton Beach Pharmacist Leads Charge To Get Locals Vaccinated Against COVID-19

A little after 11 a.m. on February 27, Lou Cassara stepped up onto a metal folding chair in the middle of the Westhampton Beach...

Vaccine Shots Finally Flowing To South Fork

After weeks of pleas by local officials, doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are finally beginning to flow to South Fork distribution sites — including more than 1,000 doses that will be available to senior citizens and those with pre-existing health conditions in Southampton on Thursday

Mental Health Initiative Offers Hope For People Struggling Through COVID

The Latino advocacy group recently was approved for up to $1.9 million from a FEMA-funded state initiative, administered through the New York State Office of Mental Health, to be a provider of Project Hope, New York State’s Covid-19 emotional support helpline.

East Hampton Town Effort To Create Vaccination Site Pays Off

Dozens of volunteers from the East Hampton community manned a vaccination site set up by East Hampton Town on Saturday and administered more than 330 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to local firefighters, teachers and essential workers — the farthest east in Suffolk County that the shots have been given out thus far.

Death Toll At Local Nursing Homes Climbs As Calls For Investigation And Checks On...

The true toll of COVID-19 on New York’s nursing homes is becoming clearer as new fatality data are released by New York State.

On The Hunt For A Local Vaccine, East End Residents Scramble To Make Appointments

The lack of availability of vaccines on the East End has sent local residents on treks far and wide to get shots, embroiling some in conflicts over Long Islanders journeying to Connecticut pharmacies that had shots and leaving others to abandon precious appointments because of weather and logistics.

EXPRESS SESSIONS: The Experts Join The Express News Group To Talk About Vaccines

A panel of local lawmakers and health professionals joined the Express News Group and dozens of virtual attendees of last week’s Express Sessions forum on Thursday, January 25, to explore analyze the frustrating first six weeks of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort in New York and the prospects for shots reaching the East End sooner.

Suffolk Worst In Continued Rise In COVID-19 Infections, Hospitalizations

One year after the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States, Long Island continued to be the worst hot spot in New York State for the spread of the coronavirus this week — posting the highest infection rates, the highest hospitalization rate and the most new cases outside of New York City.

East End Residents Face Difficulty, Anxiety In Scheduling Vaccination Appointments

Frustration at the hurdles to securing a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, even one months down the road, reached fever pitch this week as New York State struggles to match a trickle of vaccine supply to the flood of demand.

Focus on You this Year with Help from Rogers Memorial Library

To start the New Year, the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton is offering a series of virtual programs to get the mind and the body moving.

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