First-dose Moderna clinic at SUNY Cortland next week

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A first-dose Moderna clinic is planned for Wednesday of next week (May 5) from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at SUNY Cortland.

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Residents 18 and older can make an appointment using this online form.

County Health officials have been focusing primarily on running second-dose clinics due to the Johnson & Johnson pause, which only recently ended.

They’re now waiting for production of the J&J shot to ramp back up. In the meantime, they’ll be using Moderna.

“Like other counties around us, we have seen a decline in vaccine demand,” said public information officer Eric Mulvihill. “Vaccination is safe and is an important tool in our fight against COVID. This pandemic is not over yet and we are seeing new cases daily. Please continue to wear your mask, avoid large crowds, get tested and stay home for any symptoms.”

Nearly 40-percent of county residents have gotten at least one dose of vaccine.

Across the state, 45% of New Yorkers received their first dose and 33% are fully vaccinated.

Starting today, all state-run vaccination sites open up to walk-ins including the NYS Fairgrounds Expo Center.

Those slots are reserved for initial doses only and you can still register for an appointment if preferred.

The federal government also directed all participating pharmacies to offer second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to individuals who received their first dose in a different location.

That means SUNY students who receive their first near the end of the spring semester don’t have to wait for their second to move home for summer break.

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