Drive-thru rabies clinic next week in Madison County


WAMPSVILLE — The Madison County Health Department will hold a drive-thru rabies clinic on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wampsville Highway Garage, 139 N. Court St. 

Appointments are required as the Madison County Health Department adapts to the new health and safety challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce wait times and facilitate social distancing. Attendees should not arrive earlier than 15 minutes before their scheduled time.

Make an appointment by Sept. 16 online at Appointments are limited to 200. Without an appointment, the MCHD will not be able to vaccinate pets.

Attendees are asked to remain in the vehicle with windows up for their safety as well as for the safety of clinic staff until directed.

A face covering must be worn by all persons in the vehicle upon arrival.

Pets must be properly restrained using a leash and collar, harness, cage or pet carrier.

Vaccinations are free to Madison County residents. Voluntary donations are appreciated to help defray clinic costs. Attendees are asked to bring the exact amount for their donation, as clinic staff will not make change at drive-thru clinics.

Proof of previous vaccination is required to qualify for a three-year certificate. Proof of previous vaccination to be shown through closed vehicle window or submitted after the clinic. Participants will receive their pet’s rabies certificates by email.

Public health law requires all dogs, cats and ferrets to be vaccinated by four months of age. A second vaccination must be given within one year of the first, and pets must be actively immunized against rabies thereafter. This typically requires a booster vaccination every three years for dogs and cats, and annually for ferrets.

Due to COVID-19, the Madison County Health Department has canceled its previously released 2020 schedule of walk-up rabies clinics. Watch for future clinic announcements at the Health Departments website and on the Madison County New York Facebook page. For assistance pre-registering online, call 315-366-2526 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Visit the county’s rabies webpage which will announce new drive-thru clinics as they are scheduled.


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