Vaccine tourists travel to northern New York for hours recording the news, sports, jobs
POTSDAM – The state mass vaccination clinic in SUNY Potsdam was one of the easiest places in the country where people could make an appointment.
For weeks it was one of the few places. It led to reports of people traveling from the hinterland for hours to get vaccinated.
There are no local residence requirements for the Potsdam location, which means that residents can make appointments from anywhere in the state.
Beth Hudson and her husband live in Cohoes, near Albany. She was worried that she might take a vaccine from someone in Potsdam. But after seeing openings for a few weeks, she decided it wasn’t.
They traveled there and back for more than six hours – twice for the two cans. Each time they stayed at a local inn and hotel in Potsdam.
They lived in the north country and their daughters attended college in the area. Hudson said coming to Potsdam was like coming home. It wasn’t like a vacation, they just came to get vaccinated.
“It was a pleasure getting out of the house for a while because we don’t go much anywhere. But we didn’t do anything for free time. We had two good meals, ordered and then went home. We didn’t stop there. It was pure, pure to get the vaccine. “ Said Hudson.
Dates in Potsdam and Plattsburgh are available from Monday.
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