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Health Department announces COVID-19 booster clinics this week – The Ithaca Voice

Posted: October 5, 2021 at 6:11 pm

This is a community announcement from the Tompkins County Health Department. It was not written by the Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements, please email tips@ithacavoice.com.

The Tompkins County Health Department is announcingthree upcomingclinics forbooster dosing of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.TCHD is encouragingeligibleolder adultsto get a booster dose when they are able,andalerting additional populations of their eligibility. Individuals withunderlying conditions andthosewho are at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to workplace or institutional settings may receive a booster doseat least 6 months after their original Pfizer COVID-19 series.

All upcoming local clinicswill take place at the Cayuga HealthVaccination Site at the Old Sears Building at the Mall (40CatherwoodRoad, Ithaca). Register for an appointment using the links belowor call211(1-877-211-8667) during business hours, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. for assistance registeringand for transportation options.

Vaccination Clinics: Pfizer COVID-19 VaccineBooster Dose:

Thursday 10/7/21, 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Register here:https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=CD89CDD6BDDA047EE0530A6C7C162B1D

Friday, 10/8/21, Noon-4:00 p.m. Register here:https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=CD89F7CB87C701FEE0530A6C7C1680C8

Saturday, 10/9/21, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Register here: https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=CD89F7CB87CB01FEE0530A6C7C1680C8

Tompkins County Public Health Director FrankKruppastated, For those who are eligible and at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, we are encouraging you to get your booster shot when you are able. Booster shots areavailable and recommended to help increaseyourimmune responseprior toa decrease in protection from the primary vaccine series.At this time, only certain individuals who completed two doses of Pfizer vaccine before early April may receive the booster shot. Were encouraging everyone with questions to reach out to your healthcare provider, and for those who are eligible and ready,we are hosting several upcoming booster shot clinics.Kruppacontinued, We have continued to see COVID-19 cases in our community, andcontinue tomonitorthe disease.All available vaccines continue to be safe and effective at protecting against severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

The following populations are currently eligible to receive a booster dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccineat least 6 months after their original Pfizer COVID-19 series:

People 65 years and oldershouldreceivea booster shot.

Residentsof long-term care settingsage18 yearsoroldershouldreceive a booster shot.

People aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditionsshouldreceivea booster shot.For a full list of medical conditions, please refer to the Health Departmentwebsite.

People aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditionsmayreceive a booster shot.For a full list of medical conditions, please refer to the Health Departmentwebsite.

People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to workplace or institutional settingmayreceive a booster shot.This may include but is not limited to the following:

oHealthcare workersand first responders

oIndividuals who work in long-term care facilities and nursing homes

oSchooland daycarestaff working with students who are not currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine due to age

oFood and agricultural workers

oGrocery store workers

oPublic transit workers

The recommendations above for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccineboosteris separate from therecommended3rd doseof Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinefor individualswho are immunocompromised. Please refer to the Health Departmentwebsiteforthispreviously announcedcriteria.

Currently, additional data is being collected to determine recommendations for booster doses after an initial 2-dose series of Modernavaccine or a single-dose of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

TCHD is reminding the Tompkins County community of the precautions that can be taken to stop the spread of COVID-19:

Tompkins County continues to be under a mask advisory. Wear a mask while indoors and around others.

Vaccines are readily available.Get vaccinated when you are able and shareaccurateinformation with others who are not yet vaccinated. For information on vaccines and local availability, visithttps://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19popup

oIndividuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised and are fully vaccinated with one of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) are advised to get a third dose of vaccine. Immunocompromised individuals should talk to their provider about a third dose, for more information visit:https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19vaccinefaq#3rddose

Get tested if you are symptomatic or a close contact of a positive case. For more information on testing, visit:https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/factsheets/coronavirussamplingsite#whentogettested

oIf you are a fully vaccinated close contact of a positive case, TCHDguidancestates that you should avoid contact with unvaccinated or immunocompromised individualsfor the full 14-day period, even if you test negative.

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