No first-dose clinics this week due to pause of J&J vaccine

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Due to the state-required pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Cortland County won’t hold any first dose vaccination appointments this week.

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However, there will be 1,600 second doses of Moderna administered during several clinics at the SUNY Cortland Ice Arena. These are for residents who already got their initial dose and made an appointment for their second.

Anyone who missed a second-dose appointment can also request to be put on a standby list in case an extra dose becomes available. Call the local COVID hotline at 607-756-3415 to get on the waiting list.

County health officials continue to urge anyone 16 and older to get vaccinated. Anyone seeking a first dose can schedule an appointment at NYS-run sites at this link.

Additionally many local pharmacies are continuing to offer appointments, as well as primary care physicians’ offices.

New cases continue to roll in — and last week brought the 63rd covid-related death, which was the first since February.

The statewide positivity rate has dropped to its lowest point since November 7 at 2.35%.

Starting today, bars and restaurants can stay open an hour later until midnight. Catered events must end by 1 am.

Click here for daily covid-19 infection data in the greater Central New York region.

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