Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) will hold a COVID-19 vaccine POD for children 5-11 years old at the Karen B. Johnson (Central) Library from 10am-4pm on Saturday, November 6. Appointments are required and are available online at www.schenectadycounty.com/COVID19/vaccine/peds.
Pfizer vaccines were recently approved for 5–11-year-olds by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, CDC and NYS DOH. Children who receive a vaccine at the POD will be signed up during their appointment for their second dose at the same location 21 days later.
“Between 25 and 30 percent of all current active cases in Schenectady County are in people under the age of 18,” said Schenectady County Legislator Michelle Ostrelich, Chair of the Health & Human Services Committee. “Vaccination offers the best protection for all age groups from serious illness, hospitalization and death associated with COVID-19.”
A limited number of vaccines for 5-11 year-olds will be available at Sunday’s vaccine POD at the Hon. Karen B. Johnson (Central) Library at 99 Clinton Street from 10am to 2pm – by appointment only. Appointments are available at www.schenectadycounty.com/COVID19/vaccine/peds.
Starting on Monday, vaccines for 5-11 year-olds will also be available at all regularly scheduled PODs. Booster shots are also available at all SCPHS PODs.
November POD Schedule
Karen B. Johnson (Central Library) McChesney Room
99 Clinton Street
SUNY Schenectady – Elston Hall
78 Washington Ave.
Thursdays (not on 11/11 or 11/24)
837 Albany Street
SCPHS is also working with schools to offer vaccine PODs to children 5-11 years after school hours. Information about these PODs will be communicated by the participating schools.
“Our kids have lost enough classroom time during the pandemic,” said Legislator Ostrelich. “One of the significant benefits to vaccination is that fully vaccinated individuals who have no symptoms are not required to quarantine when exposed to a COVID positive case. This increases the likelihood that students can remain in school without gaps in learning.”
Schenectady County has administered over 35,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses since December of 2020 at community PODs held throughout the County.