SCHENECTADY — Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) announced it has administered over 1,500 vaccines to 5 to 11-year-olds since first authorized on Nov. 4. Over 1,100 of these vaccines were administered through SCHPH’s partnership with local schools to hold PODs at 17 elementary schools throughout the county.
Vaccines for 5 to 11-year-olds, and primary and booster shots for all other eligible individuals, are available at regularly scheduled SCPHS PODs. Due to an increase in demand for COVID-19 vaccines, appointments are currently required for booster shots at regularly scheduled Sunday and Monday PODs. Appointments are available at www.schenectadycounty.com/COVID19/vaccine or by calling 518-388-4355. Thursday PODs do not require appointments.
“Getting vaccinated is one way we can help protect our friends, family and neighbors from COVID-19, especially during the holiday season,” said Schenectady County Legislator Michelle Ostrelich, Chair of the Health & Human Services Committee. “Almost all of our current COVID-related hospitalizations are unvaccinated individuals, so we encourage everyone who is 5 years of age or older to get vaccinated and also get a booster shot once you’re eligible. Vaccination offers the best protection for all age groups from serious illness, hospitalization and death associated with COVID19.”
December POD schedule:
u Sundays* (not on Dec. 26) from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. (during the Schenectady Greenmarket) at Proctors Key Hall, 432 State St.
u Mondays* from 5 to 7 p.m. at SUNY Schenectady Elston Hall, 78 Washington Ave.
u Thursdays (not on Dec. 23) from 1 to 4 p.m. SiCM, 837 Albany St.
*Appointments are required for booster shots.
SCPHS uses MRC volunteers, medical and non-medical, to help with the County’s vaccine efforts. As eligibility has increased for primary and booster shots, more volunteers are needed. People interested in signing up for the MRC can visit https://apps.health.ny.gov/pub/servny/.