Responding to calls from local constituents, Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R, C, I – Schoharie) has researched the availability of the H1N1 flu vaccine, which is now widely available in New York State for all those aged 6 months or older. Each of the seven counties within the 127th Assembly District are now holding free clinics through county health departments and vaccines also are available through local health care providers.
“It is vitally important that New Yorkers, who choose to protect themselves against this devastating new flu, have access to the vaccine. I applaud the efforts of our local county health departments, many of whom have already held clinics, and thank them for this important public outreach. I hope that with greater awareness of these clinics more New Yorkers will get vaccinated,” said Assemblyman Lopez.
While many local health care providers are now supplied with the vaccine, members of the public with or without private health insurance may obtain the vaccine free of charge by contacting one of the following:
- Chenango County: the county Department of Public Health is holding a free clinic on December 29 at the County Office Building, located at 5 Court Street in Norwich. Patients MUST have an appointment. Please call 607-337-1660 or visit www.co.chenango.ny.us/PublicHealth.
- Columbia County: the county Department of Health is holding a free clinic on Wednesday, December 23 from 10:30 am to noon at the Canaan Town Hall, located at 1647 Route 5S. No appointments are necessary. Please call the county Department of Health at 518-828-3358 extension 1300 for more information or visit www.columbiacountyny.com/depts/health.
- Delaware County: the county Department of Health will be holding a clinic on Wednesday, December 30 from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Roxbury School in Roxbury. No appointments are necessary. For more information, please call the county Department of Public Health at 607-832-5157 or visit www.delawarecountypublichealth.com.
- Greene County: the county Department of Public Health is holding free clinics every Tuesday and Thursday from noon until 2 pm at their office located at 411 Main Street in Catskill. Patients MUST have an appointment. Call 518-719-3600 or visit www.greenegovernment.com/department/publichealth to make an appointment or find out about upcoming clinics at a school or town hall near you.
- Otsego County: the county Department of Health will be holding the following free clinics: Meadows Office Complex, Cooperstown, on December 28 from 10 am to 1 pm; Edmeston Central School on December 29 from 10 am to 1 pm; Laurens Central School on December 31 from 10 am to 1 pm; Unatego High School on January 6 from 4 pm to 7 pm; and Meadows Office Complex, Cooperstown, on January 9 from 10 am to 1 pm. No appointments are necessary. For more information, please call 607-547-4230 or visit www.otsegocounty.com/depts/doh.
- Schoharie County: the county Department of Health will be holding a free clinic on Wednesday, December 30 from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Schoharie County Office Building’s EMS Training Room. No appointments are necessary. For more information, please call 518-295-8365 or visit www.schohariecounty-ny.gov/CountyWebSite/Health.
- Ulster County: call the county Department of Health for upcoming clinics at 845-340-3093 or visit www.co.ulster.ny.us/health.
Earl Van Wormer, Chair of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors, said, “With the threat of this virus, it is important that people have the availability of this vaccine if they choose to use it and I am glad that Schoharie County can be involved in this process.”
Art Baer, Chair of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, said, “We have done a significant amount of vaccinations in the county already, over 2,000. We continue to offer vaccinations for any resident that would like to receive it through our health department.”
Dan Frank, Interim County Administrator in Greene County, said “We are delighted to have more of the vaccine available to offer to everyone. Our clinics have been going very well so far and we expect to continue running clinics until we get vaccines out there to everyone who wants it.”