BATAVIA — The Genesee and Orleans County health departments are moving their mass vaccination clinics out of Genesee Community College’s Batavia campus and the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department in Medina and back to their health departments.
“We are working on several different strategies that we’ll be shifting to by the end of the month,” said Public Health Director Paul Pettit. “We’ve kind of hit our ... number of the people who want it at the moment.
“It’s a little hard slogging at the moment in trying to talk to the people about the importance of getting vaccinated and what that means to them, but also what kind of opportunities it can afford them, like avoiding the quarantine if you were exposed,” he said. “You may be able to go to different events and you wouldn’t have to pay for testing to attend. We’re to the point now where 20, 30, 40 in a half a day seems to be a big number. Before, it was 1,000-plus every day.”
Petit spoke during Monday’s Genesee County Human Services Committee meeting. He said the department intends to take vaccine clinics “on the road” to local sites in towns and villages, set up there for a day to take appointments and walk-ins.
Of bringing vaccine clinics back to the health departments, Pettit said, “We’re not alone in this. Every county and all the state sites are really facing a reduction in demand for the folks needing the vaccine. The amount of folks we’re getting signed up does not really warrant needing such a large location. We’re kind of reverting back to a different model.”
Pettit said the vaccination clinics at GCC have been a great effort.
“Over the last three-plus months, we’ve vaccinated a lot of folks and (received) a lot of great feedback. It’s been a great setting for our community and the partnership with GCC has been phenomenal,” he said. “We know we can go back there if needed.”
Pettit said the county may have to go back at some point. For now, the county will shift back to the county Health Department in County Building No. 2 as a permanent site.
“We’ll be there at least one day a week for appointments and/or walk-ins,” he said.
Orleans County Public Health Educator/Public Information Officer Nola Goodrich-Kresse said Tuesday that there are plenty of other providers offering vaccination in both counties, which people can find by accessing the Vaccine Finder website at https://www.vaccines.gov/.
In the meantime, clinics coming up at various sites.
n Pettit said there is a Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine clinic set for today at GCC. That clinic will be from 9 to 11 a.m.
You must be 18 or older to receive the vaccine and may make an appointment or go as a walk-in.
n Another Johnson & Johnson clinic will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department, 11392 Ridge Rd. in Medina.
n A special Johnson & Johnson clinic for the Genesee County Office for the Aging will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today at 2 Bank St. in Batavia.
n The Orleans County Health Department will host a Johnson & Johnson clinic from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Friday at 14016 Route 31 West in Albion,
All of these clinics target residents of Genesee and Orleans counties.
The latest vaccine clinic information for Genesee and Orleans counties may be found at https://bit.ly/GOHealthVaccination
n The Wyoming County Health Department will host walk-in COVID vaccination clinic on Monday. It will take place 5 to 7 p.m. at the Health Department on 5362 Mungers Mill Rd. in South Warsaw.
People are advised to bring and ID and their health insurance card. The clinic will provide a first-dose Moderna vaccine.
Call (585) 786-8890 for more information.
n Two sites have Johnson & Johnson and Moderna Vaccines available. They include Wyoming County Family Medicine in Arcade at (585) 492-5088 nd Wyoming County Internal Medicine in Warsaw at (585) 786-2290.
It’s asked that people call to schedule an appointment.