Hundreds of appointments available in JCC vaccination clinic

Hundreds of appointments are available for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic taking place Thursday at the Jamestown Community College campus in Jamestown. The clinic, beginning at 9 a.m., will make use of the Pfizer vaccine.

Registration for the clinic can be found at: https://chqgov.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccination-clinics#1A

Those who attend Thursday must be available to receive their second dose on Thursday, April 29.

According to the state’s vaccine tracker, 42,258 residents within Chautauqua County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 23,697 have completed their vaccine series. In Cattaraugus County, 21,294 have received one dose, while 13,557 have completed their series.

Beginning today, New York residents over 16 years old can sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations, a major expansion of eligibility as the state seeks to immunize as many people as possible.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo expanded eligibility to 30 and over last week and announced that people aged 16 to 29 would be eligible starting April 6.

Teens aged 16 and 17 will be limited to receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, since that is the only one that has been authorized for use by people under 18. Parental consent will be required for vaccinations of 16- and 17-year-olds, with certain exceptions including for teens who are married or are parents.

None of the available vaccines have yet been approved for people under 16.

About one in five New York state residents were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Monday, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A little more than one-third of the state’s residents had received at least one vaccine dose.

The new vaccination rules add 1.7 million people to the list of eligible New Yorkers, for a total of 15.9 million individuals, state Health Department officials said.


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