SLC public health encourages youth 16 and 17 years old to get Pfizer vaccine this week
BY ANDY GARDNER
North Country This Week
CANTON – St. Lawrence County’s public health director says anyone who is 16 or 17 years old and wants to be vaccinated should get to the SUNY Potsdam mass vaccination site this week.
Jolene Munger, the department’s interim head, said that site is offering the Pfizer vaccine until the end of this week. Next week, it will exclusively offer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which people that age can’t get.“If you’re 16 or 17 years old, for right now, this is your only option,” Munger said.
Munger added that the state site has “a lot of appointments available until that time” and also takes walk-ins.
“There are no pharmacies that currently have [the Pfizer vaccine] in stock,” she said.
Pfizer’s is a two-dose vaccine, with a booster shot required three weeks after the first dose.
Countywide, Board of Health President Dr. Andrew Williams said a little over one-third of the overall St. Lawrence County population -- 37% -- is fully vaccinated. About 41.5% of the total population has had a first dose.
Of the total St. Lawrence County population eligible for vaccination, 50.6% have received one dose, and 45.11% are fully vaccinated.
Appointments at the SUNY Potsdam site can be made by visiting https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov . Walk-ins are also being accepted.
Coronavirus vaccinations are offered at clinics, with more information available at https://www.stlawco.org/covid-19-daily-update-center#pods
If you or someone you know is homebound and is interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, call Public Health at 315-386-2325.
To be added to a contact call list when appointments become available, go to https://stlawco.org/Departments/PublicHealth/CovidContactList
COVID-19 testing is done through local hospital systems by appointment only. Call the numbers below between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. if you have symptoms or feel you should be tested:
St. Lawrence Health System: 315-261-6240
Claxton Hepburn Medical Center: 315-713-6655
Clifton-Fine Hospital: 315-848-8049
Community Health Center of the North Country in Canton: 315-379-8132