County may assume new vaccination costs

NORWICH – Chenango County’s annual vaccination program could remain mostly intact, as officials recently described plans for a sliding fee schedule for some shots and budgeting plans for core immunizations.

From January through June, the Chenango County Department of Public Health administered 636 vaccines at a local cost of $27,000. But, with a new, state level regulation that limits free vaccines for adults, officials expect the cost to double next year.

A committee report from the DPH last month suggested charging fees for vaccines in order to absorb the increased cost. However, the Health and Human Services committee encouraged the health department to devise a plan for continuing some vaccinations on a sliding fee scale instead.

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