County officials say vaccination clinics running smoothly

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(Photo: Amber Kenyon, provided by CCHD)

On Tuesday evening, more than 50 eligible community members got their first dose of the Moderna vaccine from nurses with the Cortland County Health Department.

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That included residents in group home settings.

Each patient is required to be monitored for 15 minutes after being vaccinated, then make an appointment for their second dose which comes four weeks after the first.

“Our staff performed wonderfully and the clinic was a success,” said interim health director Lisa Perfetti. “County Health Department staff train regularly to provide these type of clinics.”

Inoculations of 1A continue this week in the new secured entrance of the county office building on Central Avenue.

A much larger space is in the works to meet the rising demands associated with 1B, opening sometime next week at SUNY Cortland’s Park Center ice arena.

County health personnel will work with others from Student Health Services and Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

Registration for clinic appointments is made available to those eligible once the County receives verification of a shipment. County officials will notify the public as soon as appointments are available.

“My office continues to work with our Health Department and our regional and State partners to secure more vaccine for Cortland County,” said legislative chairman Paul Heider. “Cortland County like every other community is working hard to get vaccine administered as quickly as it is made available.”

Heider said he observed the first clinic personally on Tuesday, describing it as a seamless operation.

Pre-registration is required and no walk-ins whatsoever will be accepted.

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