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Chautauqua County Department of Health & Human Services
The Chautauqua County Health Department announces upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics for all ages, including persons 6 months and older. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna or Pfizer) for everyone 6 months and older. The benefit of COVID-19 vaccines, like other vaccines, is that those vaccinated get protection without risking the potentially serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19. Vaccinating children can also help relieve the strain on families by providing greater confidence in children participating in childcare, school, and other activities, as well as minimizing the spread of COVID-19 to older or immunocompromised loved ones.
“We have seen a range of symptoms, from very mild to serious illness in children who have been infected with COVID-19 including some cases requiring hospitalization,” said Christine Schuyler, Chautauqua County Public Health Director. “Vaccination is the best way to protect our children, friends, and families from COVID-19 infection, and the potentially severe disease, disability and death that the infection can lead to.”
The Chautauqua County Health Department clinics will offer Moderna vaccine for all age groups. Moderna is a two-shot series with the second dose occurring 4 weeks after the first dose.
The clinics will be held at:
- Jamestown Community College: July 13 and August 10 from 3 to 6 p.m., Carnahan Building – 241 James Ave., Jamestown, NY 14701
- SUNY Fredonia: July 14 and August 11 from 3 to 6 p.m., Steele Hall Natatorium Lobby – 280 Central Ave., Fredonia, NY 14063
Everyone must pre-register for the clinics. Visit https://bit.ly/CHQCOVIDVax to register. If you need assistance with registration, please call 1-866-604-6789 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Parent/legal guardian consent is required for the vaccination of minors. If a parent/guardian is unable to accompany their child, he/she can designate another adult to consent on their behalf in writing, which must include the name and date of birth of the child, the name and signature of the parent/guardian, and the name of designee. Photo identification and masks will be required.
COVID-19 Vaccines are also available at the Health Department’s Mayville office by appointment, and parents may also contact their pediatrician, family health care provider, or pharmacist to inquire about the vaccine. A list of pharmacies that provide the vaccine to this population will be maintained on the County website, chqgov.com, and updated as we become aware of any changes.
Listed below are the criteria for each age and dose of Moderna that will be available:
- 1st and 2nd doses – Available for everyone 6 months of age and older. In order to receive a second dose it must be at least 4 weeks since you received the first dose at the time of the appointment. If you choose to receive a first dose on August 10 or 11, you will be responsible for scheduling a second dose at the Health Department, other provider or pharmacy.
- Immunocompromised 3rd doses – Must be at least 1 month since you received your second dose and must have one of the following conditions:
- Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies;
- Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy;
- Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy);
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g. DiGeorge Syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome);
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection;
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e. 20 mg of prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.
- 1st booster dose – available for everyone 18 years and older ONLY. Must be at least 5 months since you completed the two dose initial series, or, if immunocompromised it must be at least 3 months since you completed the three dose series.
- 2nd booster dose – available for those who are 50 years old and older or those who meet the immunocompromised conditions listed above. It must be at least 4 months since you received your first booster.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccines and criteria, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html