MONTICELLO — A pediatric vaccination clinic was hosted by the Sullivan County Public Health Services at the Monticello Fire House on Richardson Avenue on Friday, November 19, in which 196 …
MONTICELLO — A pediatric vaccination clinic was hosted by the Sullivan County Public Health Services at the Monticello Fire House on Richardson Avenue on Friday, November 19, in which 196 children ages 5-11 received the first dose of the emergency authorized, FDA approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination.
According to the Sullivan County Public Health Service’s website, the children in attendance joined the 40,000 plus people in Sullivan County who have already received the full dosage of the vaccine.
Karen Holden, Director of Patient Services for Sullivan County Public Health Services, looked to provide the children of the appropriate age group of Sullivan County with a “fun and accessible environment” in which they could receive their vaccinations.
Alongside her were many other “women behind the magic,” as Holden said, including Christina Haff, RN, who helped organize the staffing of the clinic.
“Just like a good show, you never see behind the scenes.” Holden said about the many Registered Nurses, volunteers and medical professionals that helped put on the clinic in praise of their work.
Holden also said that the timing of the clinic was set up with school schedules in mind, running from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m that Friday so that children and their parents and guardians would have ample opportunity to attend.
Other organizations were also present at the clinic and offered assistance in the production.
Sullivan 180 provided post-vaccination snacks and juice, representatives from both the Bethel Lions Club and the Tri-Valley Lions Club offered vision screenings for the children, with Garnet Health acting as the overall medical provider for the clinic.
The table for child-friendly snacks, toys, and other small rewards was set up at the exit in which those who received the vaccination were mandated to remain on-site until a full 15 minutes had passed to ensure their health and safety.
Vaccinations administered were met with a round of applause and cheering from the nurses and staff working the event as the youth completed their first dose of the vaccine.
Sullivan County Public Health Services plans on hosting two more pediatric clinics to help ensure greater accessibility to those who wish to receive their first dose of the vaccine.
The second first-dose clinic is planned to be held at the Delaware Youth Center in Callicoon on Tuesday, November 23 from 2 p.m to 6 p.m, and the third first-dose clinic will be held at the Sullivan County Public Health Services office in Liberty on November 24 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Walk-ins are welcome, however it is advised by Sullivan County Public Health Services to schedule an appointment to ensure availability for the vaccine.
Sullivan County Public Health Services are welcome to questions about the vaccine, clinic locations and times, and other COVID-19 related inquiries that Sullivan County residents may have. They are available for questions or concerns via phone by calling their office in Liberty at (845) 292-5910.
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