County: Moderna, J&J boosters available

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In a Wednesday announcement, Oneida County noted that Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots are now available at county-operated vaccination sites, according to a release.

“Vaccination is our greatest defense against COVID-19,” Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said. “This county will continue to provide protection to its residents through all manner of booster shots and third doses, and continue to educate and encourage all of those who have yet to be vaccinated.”

The county further noted that the Centers for Disease Control recently issued the recommendation that a booster dose of Moderna should be given six months or more after the completed initial series of Moderna for the following individuals: age 65 years and older; age 18 and older who live in long-term care settings; age 18 and older who have underlying medical conditions and age 18 and older who work or live in high-risk settings.

Further guidance offered notes that a Johnson & Johnson booster should be given two months or more after the primary single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to anyone 18 years or older according to the CDC, a release continues. Also, Pfizer booster doses - which follow the same recommendations as Moderna - have been offered for weeks at county-operated vaccination sites to those who completed their initial series of the Pfizer vaccine, and will continue to be administered.

Booster shot appointments are available at www.ocgov.net and new appointments will continue to be added on a weekly basis. Individuals should choose the link to the appointment of the brand they want to receive. As part of the registration process, those signing up will be asked about their previous dose, but the vaccine that is being offered is what is described in the appointment link.

Third doses of all three brands are also available for immunocompromised individuals. To inquire if you qualify and to make an appointment, call the Health Department at 315-798-5747.

Numbers

On Tuesday, there were 99 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths in Oneida County. The positivity rate for the county was 2.8%.

There were 43 Oneida County residents hospitalized (27 unvaccinated/16 vaccinated) with 24 at Mohawk Valley Health System, 13 at Rome Health and six out of the county. The positivity rate for the Mohawk Valley was 4.01%

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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