COUNTY, TROOPERS COMBINE ON HOMEBOUND VAX DISTRIBUTION

Since Wednesday, homebound Columbia County seniors have been receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from several two-person New York State Police teams consisting of a paramedic and an EMT. The program continued through Thursday and Friday of this week, and will close out on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

The vaccination allotment comes directly from the state supply. Columbia County is serving as the first county in the NYSP’s pilot program to visit homes to administer the shots. “Between the county call center, the county Office for the Aging, and the Department of Health, a couple months ago we began collecting the names of those who have indicated they have no means of visiting a regularly scheduled vaccination POD,” said DOH Director Jack Mabb.

“It’s great news that we were chosen to pilot this. I’d like to think this came about in part because we had the names and addresses, and it was something they could step in to and implement.” Initially, the Columbia County Department of Health had planned to administer these vaccines — the DOH was awaiting delivery of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to instituting the program. There are approximately 130 seniors that have registered for the vaccination program.

HOMEBOUND VAX HELP IS AVAILABLE

Homebound county residents with no computer and no ability to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine are advised to contact the county call center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for registration assistance. The telephone number is 518-697-5560.