OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Health Department will host a special clinic to provide booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent vaccine to people ages 12 and older. The clinic will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.
Appointments are required for this special clinic to ensure sufficient supplies for all those interested. Go to health.oswegocounty.com/vaccines to plan. Those requesting a bivalent booster must have received their last primary series vaccine or their last booster vaccine at least two months previously.
The number of positive COVID 19 cases has fluctuated over the past few months, demonstrating the importance for people to remain vigilant and continue to follow safety measures.
“It’s critical that everyone continue to work together to keep our communities safe and healthy,” said Vera Dunsmoor, acting director of public health for Oswego County. “Getting vaccinated can help reduce both your chances of getting the virus and the severity of symptoms if you do.”
Vaccinations against COVID-19 remain the most important tool to protect people from serious illness, hospitalization and death. Bivalent boosters developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are the newest boosters available. They combine the original vaccine formulation with added protection against the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants.
“Keeping up to date with COVID-19 boosters will provide optimal protection against the virus and combat the decline in immunity that occurs over time,” says Jodi Martin, director of preventive services for Oswego County. “These new boosters help protect against newer, more transmissible variants of the COVID-19 virus.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved two bivalent vaccines on September 1. The bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been approved for people ages 12 and older and the bivalent Moderna vaccine has been approved for people ages 18 and older.
The agency recommends that all eligible people receive the booster. Eligible persons are all persons aged 12 and over at least two months after their last primary or booster dose. People can be vaccinated with the vaccine of their choice and availability, regardless of which vaccine they received during their primary series.
The Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster replaces the existing monovalent booster (original vaccine formulation) for people ages 12 and older. However, they are only used after people have completed their series of primary COVID-19 vaccines. Monovalent vaccines are still used for primary vaccinations, and the CDC recommends that unvaccinated people get their primary vaccines — which include two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna — as soon as possible.
The health department will continue to hold immunization clinics every Tuesday and the second Wednesday of every month at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.
Every Tuesday, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., staff administer general vaccinations for children and adults, including COVID-19 vaccines. Appointments are required.
On Wednesday, October 12, the health department will offer a dedicated clinic for first, second, and primary doses of COVID-19 vaccines from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be available for people ages 6 months and older and the Moderna vaccine will be available for people ages 12 and older. From 1 to 3 p.m., Pfizer-BioNTech dual boosters will be available for ages 12 and up. Appointments for all doses are required.
Anyone needing help making an appointment at a county vaccination clinic can call the COVID-19 hotline Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at 315-349-3330. People age 60 and older who need help booking an appointment can also contact the Office for Aging at 315-349-3484.
Face masks are required at all county clinics and COVID-19 home test kits will be distributed to those who get vaccinated while supplies last.
Free transportation is provided for residents to travel to COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites through a partnership between Oswego County and Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. Rides are available between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday see you on Friday. Call 315-598-1514 to plan a ride in advance.
For general vaccination information, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3547. For information about COVID-19, go to the Oswego County Health Department’s COVID-19 page at health.oswegocounty.com/covid-19 or call the COVID-19 hotline at 315-349-3330.
Vaccines are also available at local pharmacies and health care provider offices. For personal medical advice related to vaccinations, boosters or treatments for COVID-19, residents can contact their health care provider directly.
Under New York State Public Health Law, the Oswego County Health Department is the local public health authority for the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the county of Oswego. The Oswego County Health Department is working closely with the New York State Department of Health regarding COVID-19 surveillance, response, and reporting.
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