How well are COVID-19 vaccines working?

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OGDENSBURG — The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Ogdensburg for any New Yorker at least 18 years old.

The Moderna vaccine clinic, with appointments from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, is offering more than 300 appointment slots at the Ogdensburg Golden Dome, 1100 State St.

Last week, the state expanded eligibility to those 16 and older, effective Tuesday. The county is currently only receiving doses of the Moderna vaccine, which is approved for people 18 and older. For 16- and 17-year-olds, appointments can be made where the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is available, including at the state-run vaccination site at SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall.

Online registration for the Golden Dome clinic can be completed before the new age eligibility takes effect. Registration is live on the county Public Health Department website, at stlawco.org/covid-19-daily-update-center-pods.

Those registering for an April 9 appointment should be available for a second-dose appointment on May 7.

If slots are filled, you can fill out a contact list form — posted to the county website — to be placed on standby. The standby list helps ensure unused doses are administered to people at the end of clinic days.

Additional county-run clinics are being scheduled in Gouverneur, Massena, Ogdensburg, Canton and Star Lake as the county receives doses from the state. The clinics are circulating throughout the county to facilitate wider distribution and supplement the SUNY Potsdam state-run site. New Yorkers can check for Maxcy Hall appointment availability at am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov.

As of Friday morning, roughly 36.6% of St. Lawrence County’s total 108,047 residents have received at least one vaccine dose, according to the state Department of Health. That figure represents a one percentage point increase from Monday.

Both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines require two doses for maximum effectiveness. Nearly 30,000 people living in the county have so far completed a two-dose vaccine series, the department reports.

For the north country region — grouped as Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, Essex and Hamilton counties for COVID tracking — 35.6% of the total 418,971 population has received at least one vaccine dose. More than 106,800 people have completed a vaccine series as of Friday, an increase of more than 12,000 from Monday.

Older adults needing assistance scheduling vaccine appointments can call the St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging at 315-386-4730.

St. Lawrence County Public Transit is offering route deviations to bring riders to COVID-19 vaccination sites. Maps and schedules are viewable at slcnypublictransit.com.

The Public Health Department is also available to assist with registration and answer questions at 315-386-2325, or SLCCOVID19SharedMailbox@stlawco.org.

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