Vaccine clinics set for Thursday

Registered nurse Cheryl Smith, right, administers a coronavirus vaccine to Louise Thrasher in December 2020 at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times

CANTON — The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department is adding to its series of smaller, pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics next week.

Two clinics are scheduled for Thursday, as part of the county’s efforts to increase vaccine accessibility in more remote areas. From 4 to 6 p.m., two fire departments are offering doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine: Rensselaer Falls Fire Department, 424 Rensselaer St. in the village, and Pyrites Fire Department, 1 Churchill St. in Hermon.

About 15 time slots were still open for each clinic as of Friday afternoon, and appointments are recommended but not required. Online registration links are posted to the Public Health Department website, at stlawco.org/covid-19-daily-update-center-pods. Otherwise, walk-in registration will be completed on site.

The state-run site at SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall is also open to walk-ins and is offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

As of Thursday morning, roughly 48.8% of St. Lawrence County’s 108,047 residents have received at least one shot, according to the state Department of Health.

Both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines require two shots, and more than 47,157 people living in the county have so far completed a vaccine series, the state DOH reports.

For the north country region — grouped as Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, Essex and Hamilton counties for COVID tracking — 48.9% of the total 418,971 population has received at least one shot.

Statewide as of Thursday morning, roughly 10.8 million people, or about 54% of the total population, have received at least one shot, reflecting an increase of about 500,000 in the last week.

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

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