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Oneida County Health Department offering Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

Posted 8/26/22

The Oneida County Health Department is now offering the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine at its clinics. Novavax is a two-dose primary vaccine. It is not yet available as a booster dose.

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Oneida County Health Department offering Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

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The Oneida County Health Department is now offering the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine at its clinics.

Novavax is a two-dose primary vaccine. It is not yet available as a booster dose. Doses are administered three to eight weeks apart and are available to ages 18 and older. This vaccine is not MRNA technology, but instead a protein subunit vaccine. Protein subunit vaccine technology is not new and has been studied for decades.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been and continues to be a disruptive force across the nation,” said Director of Health Daniel W. Gilmore. “This virus has cost many people their lives and left others with lasting effects. COVID-19 vaccinations reduce the likelihood of serious illness and death and are one of the best tools we have to protect ourselves and our community.”

“Everyone who is able, should get vaccinated,” he continued. “For those who were hesitant and unsure initially, we strongly encourage vaccination. These vaccines are safe, effective and can protect you from serious illness and death.”

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines continue to be available at county health clinics.

The Oneida County Health Department Clinic has two locations, one in Utica and one in Rome. Currently, the Rome office, located at 300 West Dominick St., is open on Mondays only. The Utica location, located at 406 Elizabeth St., is open Monday through Friday. Appointments are preferred, walk-in availability varies.

For questions or to make an appointment, call 315-798-5747.

UTICA

The second annual Pioneer Pitch-In took place Thursday when first-year and transfer students were provided with the opportunity to aid and support local nonprofit organizations. The newest Utica University students were introduced to diverse experiences and individuals, assisting more than two dozen non-profits. 

On Wednesday, students, faculty members and mentors formed groups and participated in icebreaker activities. And on Thursday, those same groups headed out into the community, making beds, putting on a carnival for special needs children, gardening, painting, landscaping and more. Post volunteering, students will reflect with their groups on their experience and what they learned. 

Kirstin Walker, associate professor and chair of Therapeutic Recreation at Utica University, said, “Even if the service is not related to a student's major, it is still important to learn that giving what is needed to the community is a priority as a member of society and as a member of Utica University.”

The sites include ICAN, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, The Kelberman Center, Utica Zoo, Alzheimer’s Association Central New York Chapter, CABVI, Catholic Charities Oneida/Madison County, CNY Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County, Little Falls Public Library, Masonic Care Community Child Care Center, Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, MV Challengers, Notre Dame Elementary, Olmstead City of Greater Utica, Oneida County History Center, Parkway Center, PeopleFirst, Rescue Mission of Utica, Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL), Rome Art & Community Center, Rome Rescue Mission, Sculpture Space Inc., The Center, and The Root Farm.  

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