Whitesboro, N.Y. - As the state continues its race to vaccinate, Thursday night, the Oneida County Health Department hosted a community vaccination clinic at Hart's Hill Elementary School in Whitesboro distributing the Pfizer vaccine.
A wide age range of individuals were walking in for an appointment, starting at 16 years old.
“The County Executive has said in recent passed, get into the schools, get the shots in people's arms, get into businesses if they have 10 or more then we'd come directly to their businesses,” said Daniel Appler, Oneida County Deputy Director of Emergency Service. “Sixteen and 17 (year-olds) need to have a parent with them. We do have the Pfizer, we can go down to 16, the Moderna it has to be 18 and above.”
Earlier this week, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente confirmed a cluster of coronavirus cases that developed in Whitesboro originating from a positive case at a local dance school. This resulted in 20 positive cases, 18 of those between the ages of 6 and 17.
Appler says the hosting of this vaccine clinic has nothing to do with this recent outbreak.
“Not at all, honestly, coincidentally. We had planned this prior to that,” said Appler. “We got a very positive response not only from the parents and the kids but also from the staff of the school.
Appler adds that in conjunction with the Dairy Association and Food Bank of New York the Health Department also passed out 100 boxes of food to attendees whether they received a vaccination or not.
Another Pfizer vaccination clinic was held Thursday night at Holland Patent Elementary school. Moderna clinics will be held this Saturday in Boonville, Utica, Oriskany Falls, Lee Center and Whitesboro.
To register for any of the upcoming clinics, click here.