BATAVIA/ALBION — The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments will be hosting free drive-thru anti-rabies immunization clinics in August.

The Genesee County clinic will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Genesee County Fairgrounds, 5056 E. Main Street Rd., Batavia. The Orleans County clinic will be 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Orleans County Fairgrounds, 12690 Route 31, Albion. Paul Pettit, public health director for Genesee and Orleans counties, said this is the first time the departments will be offering a drive-thru clinic.

“The drive-thru style will allow for the health departments to provide a vaccination clinic to our communities while adhering to the health and safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. “This will ensure social distance protocols can be maintained in an organized manner.”

Upon arrival, staff will instruct you to stay in your vehicle and form a single lane to the clinic area. Public health workers will be screening the occupants in each vehicle for COVID-19 symptoms. County workers will be directing traffic flow.

At the veterinarian immunization station, pet owners will be instructed to exit their vehicle and bring their pet(s) out for the veterinarian to vaccinate. Once directed to do so, animals must be secured on a leash or in separate carriers at the immunization station. Face masks, cloth face coverings, or face shields are required when speaking to staff and when outside of their vehicle at the vaccination table. Please limit four animals per vehicle.

“Animal rabies continues to be a serious public health problem in Genesee and Orleans counties. We encourage all residents to take advantage of this opportunity to make sure that their animals are immunized against rabies and that the vaccinations are kept up to date,” said Pettit.

To assist with crowd control, the vaccination clinics are only for respective county residents. The Genesee clinic will only be for Genesee County residents and the Orleans clinic will only be for Orleans County residents. You do not need an appointment, but arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the end of the clinic. For Genesee, arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. and for Orleans, please arrive no later than 11 a.m. Visit https://tinyurl.com/y5vuh8nu to fill in the rabies certificate for your pets. Be sure to print out two copies for each pet to be vaccinated and bring them with you.

The next anti-rabies immunization clinic in Genesee County will be held on Sept. 17. The next anti-rabies immunization clinic in Orleans County will be held on Oct. 17. These dates are subject to change.

For more information, contact:

• Genesee County Health Department: 585-344-2580 x5555 / Health.Dept@co.genesee.ny.us

• Orleans County Health Department: 589-3278 / OCPublicHealth@orleanscountyny.gov

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