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Health officials urge vaccination as free COVID-19 shots end with emergency declaration sunsets

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The Cayuga County Health Department is encouraging residents to get their primary COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses while they are still being offered for free, as the federal emergency and public health emergency declarations for COVID-19 are set to expire on May 11.


The health department will host a final vaccine clinic on Friday, April 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fingerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark St. Road, Aurelius. The clinic will offer the Moderna bivalent booster, as well as first, second, and booster doses of Novavax. Appointments are recommended and can be made on the health department’s website.

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Vaccine recipients must wear masks and bring their insurance and vaccine cards if available. The health department encourages checking with insurance providers for vaccine coverage, as local pharmacies and healthcare providers will continue to offer COVID-19 vaccines.

Even as COVID-19 ceases to be an emergency situation, the health department stressed the importance of ongoing prevention efforts, including getting vaccinated, staying home when sick, practicing proper hygiene, and disinfecting frequently used objects and surfaces.

Parents seeking COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 years old should contact their pediatrician or local pharmacy. For assistance finding clinics and making appointments, individuals can reach out to the Cayuga Community Health Network at 315-252-4212.