An upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinic will have primary vaccine doses available as well as boosters to protect against the latest variants of the virus.
The Cayuga County Health Department is hosting the clinic from from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Fingerlakes Mall in Aurelius.
The following vaccines will be offered:
• Bivalent booster dose of Pfizer – approved for individuals 12 and older
• Bivalent booster dose of Moderna – approved for those 18 and older
• First dose of Novavax – approved for 12 years and older
• Second dose of Novavax – for 12 and older
• Booster dose of Novavax – approved for those and older
The health department said the new bivalent booster doses of Pfizer and Moderna protect against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5. Bivalent boosters are currently recommended for individuals at least 2 months after completing a COVID-19 primary series (Moderna, Pfizer, or J&J) and/or any previous booster (monovalent) dose(s).
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For those unable or choose not to receive mRNA vaccines (Moderna or Pfizer), Novavax is a new primary series vaccine approved for individuals who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine. It is a two-dose vaccine series with the second dose being administered 3 to 8 weeks after the first dose. Novavax booster is now available for individuals 18 and older who have completed their primary series at least six months ago.
Appointments are required and can be made by clicking the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics button at cayugacounty.us/health.
The clinic will be held in the Event Center on the backside of the mall near the movie theaters. Entrance to this clinic is from the outside of the mall. There will not be admittance to the clinic from the inside of the mall. Visitors should park in the back of the mall and enter through the Event Center doors.
Anyone entering the clinic must be wearing a mask and should bring an insurance card and vaccine card if they have one.
The availability of the vaccine is not limited to just the health department, and people are encouraged to work with local pharmacies, federally qualified health centers, and health care providers to get an appointment. Parents looking for the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 years of age should contact their child’s pediatrician or local pharmacy.
The Cayuga Community Health Network is available to assist with finding clinics and making appointments at (315) 252-4212, and more information about the COVID-19 vaccine can be found at cayugacounty.us/health.