County: More students should get vaccine

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It’s gratifying to see that County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. is pressing for more local students to get a COVID-19 vaccination to protect the health and safety of our young people.

The county effort comes as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday, with 70% of adults in New York having received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, that the state would celebrate with an easing of a variety of restrictions.

Picente said last week: “Vaccinating every possible person in Oneida County is the only way to end this pandemic and move this community forward. A crucial part of that process is securing the health and safety of schools. I am pleased with the progress we have made in vaccinating our students so far, but we must do more. I challenge our districts and parents to increase these rates even higher, so that our schools can return to normal learning environments where our children can thrive.”

As of last week vaccine through a county-operated POD set up at a school district site or other location. The Whitesboro Central School District has vaccinated the most students with 233, followed by the Rome City School District at 101, the Utica City School District at 94 and the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill School District at 80.

Oneida County partnered with Upstate Family Health Center to administer vaccine at the PODS conducted in the Adirondack, Camden, Holland Patent, Oriskany, Sauquoit and Westmoreland school districts.

Let’s hope the county, schools, family and friends keep up the good work by convincing students that the coronavirus is still a threat, and safety depends on vaccinations.

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