Evening News Brief

Written by on January 11, 2021

Starting today, over three million more New Yorkers will be eligible to start receiving COVID-19 vaccine.   Firefighters, teachers, public safety workers and residents over the age of 75 can use an online portal on the Department of Health website to sign up for their vaccinations.  Find a link to it on wbtai.com.

New York is receiving 300 thousand does of the vaccine a week so there will be a waitlist.  Expect more doses to become available for everyone as the other companies which created vaccines get approved and production ramps up.  Shots will be administered at places like pharmacies, medical offices and hospitals.


Laurie Taylor doctor of osteopathic medicine at UMMC has received her second dose of the COVID Vaccine.  She said that she is not immune yet but is relieved because she knows she will be soon.  She had minimal side effects including body aches and a slight fever that were knocked out by some ibuprofen and Tylenol.

Governor Cuomo delivered a different kind of state of the state address today from the state war room.  He called the fight against COVID a war and blamed the federal government for the failures of the vaccine rollout.  The state is looking to expand rapid testing sites across New York. Cuomo is also supporting the advancing of legislation to improve telehealth services for all citizens.  He outlined other steps to help foster growth in the state’s economy and close the 15 billion dollar deficit, including advancing a marijuana legalization program for adults and mobile sports betting.  Cuomo said that he will give several more state of the state addresses through the week.

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing and testing fire hydrants on Tuesday, from about 9 to 11 a.m. in the general area of north of Main Street and west of Oak Street.  Homes and businesses nearby will be affected.  These tests cause discoloration of water in the area. As in the past, please do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored. If you do have a discoloration of your water, run cold water for about five minutes.

The Buffalo Bills will be playing in primetime on Saturday against either the Steelers or the Ravens after their 27 to 24 victory over the Colts during Saturdays wildcard game.  The game will be played at 8:15pm in Orchard Park.  Bills fans will once again be allowed to attend the game, the exact plan is assumed to be the same as the game on the 9th.

The biggest jump in a long time, gas has risen 4 cents in the last week in Batavia.  A gallon of regular is 2.31 locally, nationally the price rose 6 cents to 2.32.  Prices rose after Saudi Arabia said it would cut production by a million barrels a day during February and March.

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