County announces vaccine pods for children age 5 to 11

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With vaccines cleared to be safely administered to children age 5 to 11, Oneida County has stepped up distribution efforts.

The Oneida County Health Department will be administering COVID-19 vaccine to 5 to 11 year-olds, with the first clinic being held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 at its Utica Health Clinic at 406 Elizabeth St., according to a release from Oneida County. 

The pediatric vaccine, developed by Pfizer, is a lower dose formulated specifically for children. Two doses should be administered at least 21 days apart in order to be considered fully vaccinated, a release continues.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved emergency use for the shot on Oct. 29 and it was recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Nov. 2,” a release notes. 

The New York State Department of Health cleared its administration on Friday.

Appointments can be made at www.ocogv.net. 

Future PODs will be scheduled soon at the Utica and Rome Health Clinics.

For more information on the pediatric vaccine visit: https://on.ny.gov/3mMxFig

Numbers

In Oneida County, there were 124 new positive cases of the virus and one virus-related death on Thursday.

According to the county figures released Friday afternoon, there are932 active cases of COVID-19 in the county. Of those, 6% are in youth age 11 or younger; 6% are from children age 12 to 17; 43% are in adults age 18 to 44; 28% are in those age 45 to 64; 9% are in seniors age 65 to 74 and 8% are in individuals age 75 and older.

There are 1,827 individuals in the county in mandatory quarantine or isolation.

There are 48 county residents who are hospitalized with COVID-19, the county figures added. Of those, 31 are unvaccinated and 17 are vaccinated; 29 individuals are hospitalized in Mohawk Valley Health System facilities in Utica while 11 are in Rome Health and eight are in facilities outside of the county; 10 of those hospitalized are in intensive care units - all of whom are unvaccinated; five individuals are on ventilators with the county reporting all five are also unvaccainated.

Across the state on Thursday, there were 32 virus-related deaths and on Friday the seven-day average infection positivity rate was measured at 2.37%

COVID-19 Information Links

-New York State’s COVID-19 data has been collected in one online spot at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-data-new-york

-In Oneida County, vaccine appointments and walk-ins are available at county-operated sites. To book an appointment, visit www.ocgov.net.

-Scheduling a vaccine appointment can also be completed at: vaccines.gov.

-COVID-19 case numbers and vaccination rates are available on Oneida County’s online Dashboard at: https://bit.ly/3A85tLp

-To see COVID-19 information for Madison County, visit: https://on.ny.gov/3je8vr0

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