Tompkins County Health Department to hold COVID-19 vaccine booster clinics

Tompkins County Health Department to Hold Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Recall clinics on January 29 at the Vaccination Shops at Ithaca Mall.

The Moderna Clinic is accessible to people aged 18 and over and will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The Pfizer Booster Clinic, accessible to people ages 12 and older, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Vaccine registration can be found on the New York State Department of Health website for both Modern and Pfizer clinics.

The Center for Disease Control recommended Moderna boosters for those who completed the initial two-dose vaccine series at least five months before the booster or received a single-dose vaccine at least two months ago. Only those who are 18 or older will be eligible to receive the Moderna booster.

The CDC offers the same guidelines for the Pfizer booster, but recipients can be as young as 12 years old. Any minor wishing to receive the Pfizer booster must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to provide consent.

Anyone interested in getting the booster should bring their CDC-issued COVID-19 vaccination card to their booster appointments.

The emergence and spread of the Omicron variant has heightened the importance of recalls and prevention efforts needed to protect individuals from COVID-19, according to the CDC website.

As of January 26, according to the Tompkins County Health Department, there were 388 active cases in the Tompkins County area. This represents a significant drop from the 1,102 active cases recorded on December 15, 2021 –– the day after the University declared a red alert level and moved final exams online.

As of Jan. 26, Tompkins County residents have taken 1,767,740 total tests.

The University is partnering with the Tompkins County Health Department and Cayuga Health System to determine COVID-19 safety guidelines by monitoring multiple indicators, including the spread of the virus in the greater Ithaca area.

Free TCAT bus transportation to vaccination sites is available in Tompkins County when travelers show proof of a scheduled booster vaccination appointment. Students can take the 30 and 90 buses from campus to the vaccination site at the Ithaca Mall stores.

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