Kinney Drugs helps vaccinate 16 to 17-year-olds in area school districts

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Adolescents 16-17 years old were approved last month to get a Pfizer shot. Since then, area school districts in Cortland County have partnered with Kinney Drugs to offer voluntary clinics for students.

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One ran just yesterday, according to deputy public health director Nicole Anjeski, MS, MPH.

She gave an update during a morning meeting of the Health & Human Services Committee:

“Two locations are currently set up at Cortland and Homer High Schools. Also, we are busing in students from outlying districts who want to participate,” she said. “Parents sign them up in advance for an appointment. Well over 100 have already done so.”

Anjeski added that similar efforts would be taken to reach 12 to 15 year-old population, once it gets official approval from the state.

Following FDA’s expanded use authorization of the Pfizer shot to include this group, CDC officials will make their official recommendation later today.

Afterwards, Governor Cuomo and DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker will meet with the Clinical Advisory Task Force. Full authorization in New York could come as early as Thursday.

The latest data shows an estimated 20,119 Cortland County residents have at least one dose of immunity to the virus:
  • 51.48% of residents 18 and older;
  • 42.07% of entire population.
More than one-third completed their vaccination series.

Here’s the statewide breakdown:
  • New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 60.4%
  • New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 49.4%
  • All New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 48.6%
  • All New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 39.5% 

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