Schools ramp up vaccinations

Pictured, from left, are Miriam Rosario, Family Community Services coordinator; Mildred Vega, Family Community Services assistant; Kimberly Snyder, BOCES senior program specialist; and David Bull from The Chautauqua Center.

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Central School District, working with Cattaraugus County, will be holding a vaccination clinic located at the Gowanda Middle School. The clinic will be on Tuesday.

Students ranging from the ages of 16 to 18, as well as staff members who haven’t been vaccinated, can receive their vaccines at the school from 1 to 2 p.m. From 2:30 to 5 p.m., the clinic will be open to the Gowanda community. You can reserve a spot on the school’s COVID-19 website, but Gowanda superintendent Dr. Robert Anderson said the school will also welcome walk-ins.

“People aren’t going to be turned away that didn’t sign up,” Anderson said.

Anderson said he believes Gowanda is the first school in Cattaraugus County to hold a vaccination clinic. He also anticipates 160 vaccination slots of the Pfizer vaccine being available. In addition, Dr. Anderson said that should the Pfizer vaccine be approved for kids as young as 12, Gowanda will look to have another clinic in order to heighten their chances of fully reopening next fall.

“That hasn’t necessarily been cleared and we don’t know how that’s going to be rolled out by New York State, so when that’s done, we’ll hopefully open another clinic with the help of Cattaraugus County,” he said. “I think that’s going to be a key in helping us reopen fully next fall.”

For any questions about the Gowanda vaccination clinic, you can contact the High School main office at (716) 532-3325.

In Dunkirk this week, the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES Workforce Development hosted a vaccine clinic at the Dunkirk Community Learning Center. The clinic was a joint effort between E2CCB and The Chautauqua Center with the goal of vaccinating Adult Literacy students as well as members of the community.

To help reach as many people as possible, Family Services of the Chautauqua Region worked with E2CCB to perform Hispanic Community outreach. E2CCB Literacy students and staff were on-hand to assist with translation, provide refreshments, as well as information for workforce opportunities in ESL and High School Equivalency classes, Health Care programs and Trade classes.

For more information on Workforce Training programs, call Jody Arnold at 805-3138 or visit www.e2ccb.org. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine through The Chautauqua Center visit tcchealth.org.

On Friday, Chautauqua County’s Health Department noted nine new cases bringing the total to 9,031. Ninety-four cases were active and six were known hospitalized.


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