UTICA — As part of continuing efforts to vaccinate residents from the coronavirus, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has announced that booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be available to eligible residents beginning this week at a pair of county operated sites.
“While we still continue the push to get our county residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19, we must now also make sure that at-risk residents who have been vaccinated already remain protected through booster doses,” Picente said. “Several groups are now eligible to receive these boosters and county government will be administering doses beginning this week.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York State Health Department are now recommending booster doses for certain groups determined to be high risk.
Oneida County residents are eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccine if they received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine more than six months ago and fit in at least one of the following categories as outlined by federal public health officials:
Should receive booster dose:
65 years or older.
Resident of a long-term care facility.
50-64 years-old and are at high risk of severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions. (Should be based on an assessment of individual benefits and risks and consultation with medical provider).
May receive booster dose:
18-49 years-old and at high risk of severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions. (Should be based on an assessment of individual benefits and risks and consultation with medical provider).
18-64 years-old whose job puts them at high risk for COVID-19. (Jobs include: First responders, health care workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff, teachers and other educational and school support staff, food and agriculture workers, manufacturing workers, corrections workers, postal workers, public transit workers, and grocery store workers.)
The first county-operated COVID-19 Booster Vaccination PODs will take place:
• Thursday, Sept. 30, Griffiss International Airport — To make an appointment: https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=CCFBEDE4B34E0358E0530A6C7C16672E.
• Friday, Oct. 1, Mohawk Valley Community College Jorgensen Center in Utica — To make an appointment:https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=CCFBECC501720192E0530A6C7C161C14.
At this time, individuals must have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for their initial vaccine series at least six months ago to be eligible. Individuals who received the Moderna or Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine are not currently eligible, but may be in the near future.
Eligible county residents must bring a valid COVID-19 vaccine card or Excelsior Pass with proof of previous Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Those who do not have either forms of vaccination proof should contact the Oneida County Health Department at 315-798-5431 before their appointment.
*For a full list of criteria and medical conditions that qualify for a booster, please visit www.ocgov.net or https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/booster-doses.