CHENANGO COUNTY — Chenango County residents curious about COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and guidelines have several resources available to help ease concerns and keep themselves safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chenango County Health Department offers a litany of resources on their website, co.chenango.ny.us/public-health, under the COVID-19 tab. Information includes daily updates, vaccine information, contact information for local healthcare providers, a testing site search tool, links to additional information, and more.
Area residents can also email the health department at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Vaccination clinics are offered by the Chenango County Health Department as well. Currently, they have a free Pfizer booster clinic scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, January 10 at the Sherburne-Earlville Elementary School. Appointments can be made for residents 16 years and older by visiting the Chenango County Health Department website, or by calling 607-337-1660.
“Everyone aged 5 and older in New York State (NYS) is now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. For those age 18 and above, we have J&J/Janssen, Moderna, and Pfizer vaccine. Remember to check the vaccine type if you are looking to schedule an appointment for someone under the age of 18,” said a statement on the Chenango County Health Department website.
Other vaccine and booster clinics can be found by contacting your healthcare provider, or by checking local pharmacy websites.
For COVID-19 testing, Chenango County residents can receive drive-through COVID tests at Bartles Pharmacy in Oxford. Testing is available to all patients, with no referral necessary. However, COVID tests are by appointment only, and can be scheduled by calling 607-843-2841.
The Norwich Walgreens offers free drive-through rapid diagnostic tests for patients three years of age or older, by appointment only. Appointments can be made on the Walgreens website at https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing.
Additional testing sites can be located by ZIP code using a search tool on the New York State website. The search engine can be accessed at coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.
For those who need assistance getting to a COVID vaccine clinic or appointment, Getthere Mobility Management is here to help. Getthere is a program through the Rural Health Network of South Central New York that aims to help residents of Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, and Tioga counties with transportation needs.
Referrals are not needed to schedule a ride with Getthere. The call center is available Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and can be reached by calling 855-373-4040. Callers will work with a Mobility and Transportation Advocate to establish a “safe and secure ride” to their appointment, according to the Chenango County Health Department website.
“Vaccinations continue to be our best weapon against COVID-19,” said Director of Environmental Health Isaiah Sutton. “We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated and if far enough removed from [your] last dose, get a booster.”