Walk-in Covid booster clinic April 28

Staff Reports

PENN YAN — Yates County Public Health offers walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics on the first and fourth Thursday of the month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Yates County Office Building located at 417 Liberty St., Penn Yan.

BA.2, known as “stealth Omicron,” currently accounts for 80.6% of COVID-19 infections in New York State, according to the state Department of Health. The second booster of an mRNA vaccine, such as those from Pfizer or Moderna, is available to adults age 50 and older, as well as to certain immunocompromised adults.

Starting April 4, the New York State Department of Health approved second COVID-19 booster doses for eligible individuals. Those who may be at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 due to age or underlying medical conditions can now receive a second booster dose to help increase their protection further from severe disease and hospitalization. Second booster dose eligibility requirements:

  • People aged 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least four months after the first booster dose.
  • All adults aged 50 years and older regardless of health status may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least four months after the first booster dose.
  • People ages 18-49 years regardless of health status who received Janssen/Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine as both their primary series dose and booster dose may receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least four months after the first J&J booster dose.

Vaccines are also available at many local pharmacies which offers the opportunity to make an appointment that works best for your schedule. Call the YCPH office at 315-536-5160 or visit www.yatescountypublichealth.org to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and where you can find them near you.