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Bills’ McDermott frustrated by team’s low vaccination rate

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Frustrated as Sean McDermott has grown over the number of unvaccinated players on Buffalo’s roster, the Bills coach acknowledged there’s little more he can do to influence them to get the shot.

“It’s tough. It’s frustrating. It’s challenging, however you want to say it. But I can’t make the decision for them,” McDermott said before practice on Thursday.

His comments came in the wake of receiver Isaiah McKenzie revealing he faces NFL discipline for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols for unvaccinated players by failing to wear a mask inside the team’s facility.

And it marked McDermott’s first opportunity to speak since the team placed four unvaccinated players into five-day self-isolation on Tuesday after being in contact with a vaccinated trainer who tested positive for COVID-19.

Receivers Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis, and defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Vernon Butler were all placed in the NFL’s five-day cadence and it’s unclear as to whether they will be able to play Saturday, when the Bills close their preseason schedule hosting Green Bay.

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SUNY chancellor discusses child care, vaccination push

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JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — At Jamestown Community College on Monday, SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced $625,000 in new funding for child care in the SUNY system.

The goal is to take pressure off parents who are going to state colleges or work at one as faculty or staff.

“One of the major problems that we are facing with child care centers is having a number of staff to fill those jobs in order to make it happen,” Malatras said.

SUNY will provide $500,000 to offer paid internships to early childhood development students who will staff the 46 child care centers associated with SUNY.

They’ll also work with schools that don’t currently have child care to make it available near campus, which includes JCC. They’ll also offer scholarships and work to make sure all of the centers within the system are accredited to provide the best possible care.

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Gov. Cuomo: State to partner with local counties for in-home vaccinations

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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, a Russian medical worker, right, administers a shot of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to a patient in a vaccination center in Moscow, Russia. Authorities in four Russian regions this week made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for those working in certain sectors of the economy in a bid to boost Russia’s slow immunization rates as coronavirus infections continue to soar. Moscow was the first to announce the measure on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 and the surrounding Moscow region, the Siberian region of Kemerovo and the far eastern Sakhalin promptly followed suit. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo announced a plan for those unable to travel to vaccination sites to receive their vaccine from the comfort of their own home.

New York State, in partnership with counties, established local points of contact to expand access to vaccines through an in-home vaccination program for those who are homebound due to physical limitations, cognitive impairment, other chronic conditions, a lack of transportation, and/or visual impairments, and who do not have access to supports that may help them physically go to an existing vaccination provider.

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