Rivers Casino in Schenectady to host another mass-vaccination clinic Thursday; 1,100-plus doses available

A crowd awaits entry to a mass vaccination event at Rivers Casino on March 7.

A crowd awaits entry to a mass vaccination event at Rivers Casino on March 7.

SCHENECTADY — Another mass-vaccination clinic will be held at Rivers Casino & Resort on Thursday, this one for people age 60 and up or those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Schenectady County Public Health Services announced the event Tuesday.

More than 1,100 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be administered from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the event venue at Rivers.

Appointments are required. Attendees will be signed up for the second dose of the two-shot vaccine at the same time as they make the appointment for the first dose. The second dose will be 21 days later, also at Rivers.

Appointments are available through the county website, Those who need help scheduling an appointment can receive assistance in person at the Karen B. Johnson Library — the main branch at 99 Clinton St. in downtown Schenectady.

The county staged a similar mass vaccination event on Sunday. Appointments were limited to people age 65 and older, and the event was fully booked quickly.

The clinic on Thursday takes advantage of newly expanded eligibility announced Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo — New Yorkers age 60 and older will be eligible for vaccination starting Wednesday. The minimum age Sunday was 65.

Those younger than 60 who want to be vaccinated at Thursday’s event due to a medical condition must bring a doctor’s note explaining the comorbidity to the vaccination site.

The list of comorbidities is extensive, and includes cancer, obesity, developmental disabilities, pregnancy, immune deficiency and diseases of the heart, kidneys, lungs, liver and brain.

County Legislator Sara Mae Pratt said changes have been made to streamline the process Thursday compared with Sunday, and said the county is asking people to not arrive until 10 minutes before their appointment, so as not to cause delays and crowding at what needs to be a socially distanced event.

Thursday’s vaccination clinic is not limited to Schenectady County residents.

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