Three mobile vaccine clinics set for April

Seen in this photo, a pharmacist draws a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Brooklyn Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare nursing home in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Jan. 5. Eric Lee/Bloomberg/TNS

GOUVERNEUR — The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic this week at the Gouverneur Community Center for any New Yorker at least 30 years old or eligible under the state’s current 1a, 1b and comorbidity phases.

The Moderna vaccine clinic, with appointments from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, is offering more than 300 appointment slots at the community center, 4673 Route 58.

The state on Monday afternoon expanded eligibility to those 30 and older, effective Tuesday. Online registration for the Gouverneur 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.

If slots are filled or if you are not currently eligible to receive the vaccine, 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.

The state’s updated eligibility also includes expansion to all New Yorkers 16 and up starting April 6. Next week’s county-run clinics have yet to be announced, but they will be open to people 18 and older, the Public Health Department confirmed Monday. 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.

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 Monday morning, roughly 35.1% 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 four percentage point increase from last week.

Both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines require two doses for maximum effectiveness. More than 27,000 people living in the county have so far completed a two-dose vaccine series, an increase of 5,000 from last week, the department reports.

For the north country region — grouped as Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, Essex and Hamilton counties for COVID tracking — 34.2% of the total 418,971 population has received at least one vaccine dose.

More than 94,500 people have completed a vaccine series as of Monday.

Complete eligibility lists for Phases 1a, 1b and comorbidities are viewable on the state’s phased distribution website.

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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