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Vaccination booster pods open up in Oneida County

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ROME, N.Y. -- If you’re looking to get a booster shot, you won’t be pulling money out of your pocket to get it. Vaccinations and booster shots are still considered free, but there are costs associated with administering the shots. Everything from security, and medical staff, to personal protection equipment. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente is planning for a financial long haul.

"We’re going to be dealing with this for another couple years or more, and maybe it is an ongoing."

Residents getting a booster weren’t talking about the cost of the operation. Clinton Resident Lawrence Chrysler is thinking about who the virus has affected.  "I’ve known probably a good 8 or 9 people that are no longer with us because of it."

Rome Resident Jane Marolf is concerned about the spread of the disease. "We’ve gone this far with it with no problems, and we’re looking at our children and our grandchildren, and we just figure it’s the thing to do."

Whitesboro Resident John Warner is getting a booster for himself and others. "Well because my age primarily, and the dangers around. I got grandchildren. I don’t want to infect anybody else, and I don’t want to get infected myself."

The County is hosting booster clinics on Thursdays and Fridays for those who received their second shot of the Pfizer vaccination 6 months ago or longer. New pods are expected to open when boosters are approved for the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccinations, but the County Executive knows that the more vaccination pods that open, the more it’s going to cost.

"I’m presenting my budget next week. We’re going to talk a little bit more about what’s next, and the need for a COVID division in the Health Department because it’s not going to go away."

The county executive estimates the pods to cost between $25,000-$50,000 a day.

The county has set up several clinics for the month of October. To reserve an appointment, click here.

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