East Hampton Town on Tuesday formally launched a vaccine "hub" website for town residents to sign up to receive Covid-19 vaccine appointments. It is accessible at ehtownvaccine.org.
"Preregistration here does not guarantee an appointment, but allows us to schedule you as vaccine becomes available," it says on the newly launched website. "You will be contacted directly if you can be offered an appointment."
Vaccines will be administered at the East Hampton Town Center for Humanity on Stephen Hand's Path in East Hampton -- formerly the Child Development Center of the Hamptons charter school, a short distance north of Route 27, the same place where the town had its first vaccine clinic on Feb. 13.
The vaccine hub was set up to coordinate appointments for residents because state and county sites are "distant from East Hampton." At least 61 residents had registered by Tuesday afternoon.
"I wanted to make sure people understand that supplies are still very limited and there‘s not a lot of advance notice as to when [it] becomes available," Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said. "To date those supplies have been dedicated to specific groups to be vaccinated. We have no authority or ability to change that. . . . Clinics will be held as vaccine supplies are obtained and appointments scheduled based on eligibility."
He said the town is also "planning on reaching out within our own community to seniors. . . . We certainly want to reach this community particularly."
Town residents can add their names to the list even if they are not yet deemed eligible by New York State. Appointments for as-yet ineligible residents will be made as more criteria open up, according to the website.
With Reporting by Christopher Walsh and Christine Sampson