Launched in January 2021, the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force is working to ensure equity, transparency and efficiency in COVID-19 immunization efforts, with a goal of vaccinating at least 70% of adult residents in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties.

The task force is helping to answer questions and serve as a point of contact for residents across our region as it continues through the early stages of the COVID-19 vaccination process.

The advisory group includes representatives from Rochester Regional Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center, safety net practices, city and county governments, non-profits, residents, business, labor, education and more. The task force will advise the Finger Lakes Regional Hub, the state-designated organization for coordinating the supply, distribution and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines across the region.

It will also oversee strategies and tactics for guaranteeing that every adult in our region has the information and access they need to make an informed choice about vaccination.

Established by Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza, the task force is co-chaired by Dr. Nancy “Nana” Bennett, lead of the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Hub at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and Wade Norwood, CEO of Common Ground Health.