Children as young as 12 years old will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccination beginning Saturday at clinics in Livingston County.
Separate clinics are being offered by the Livingston County Department of Health and Wegmans stores, including Geneseo.
The Livingston County Department of Health will be offering a walk-through clinic from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday in the conference center at 1 Murray HIll Drive in Mount Morris. The clinic will use the Pfizer vaccine, which has been approved for user in individuals age 12 and older.
Those younger than 18, with few exceptions, will need parent or guardian consent, the health department said.
Registration is preferred but not required.
Also, starting Saturday, walk-in appointments will be available for individuals age 12 to 17 years old in pharmacy locations at all Wegmans stores in New York State, with the exception of the Harrison and Brooklyn stores. Children younger than 18 years old will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
COVID-19 vaccine appointments for individuals age 12 and older are now available for scheduling at wegmans.com/pharmacy or by calling 1 (800) 207-6099.
Walk-in appointments for individuals age 18 and older are available at all Wegmans in New York.
The Pfizer vaccine is available for individuals age 12 and older, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available for individuals 18 and older. The vaccine offered at each location will be noted at the time of scheduling.
The Livingston County Department of Health continues to schedule community clinics and is also offering drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinics from 11 a.m. to noon every Tuesday behind 2 Murray Hill Drive in Mount Morris. An additional drive-through clinic is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. May 20 at the same location. Registration for the clinics are preferred, but not required.
Appoints may be made online at www.livingstoncounty.us/vaccine. Those who need help scheduling an appointment may call the Livingston County Department of Health at (585) 243-7270.
The Livingston County Department of Health is also able to assist those who are homebound due to an illness or injury that restricts their ability to leave their residence. Homebound individuals who would like a vaccine should call (585) 243-7270 for more information.
“We want everyone in our community to be safe and get back to hugging our families and friends and shaking hands with our neighbors. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine adds one more layer of protection for you, your family, and your loved ones,” the county health department said in a news release.
While the pandemic has kept us apart, there is new hope – vaccines are here. They will help us move closer to ending the pandemic,” the health department said.
The health department noted that all COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are administered to individuals for free and are very effective at preventing the disease.
The most common side effects are pain the arm where you get the shot, feeling tired, headache, body aches, chills and fever.
“Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available,” the health department said.
In addition to getting a vaccination, the health department encourages wearing masks and following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidance on mask use for those who are fully vaccinated; staying at least 6 feet apart from people who don’t live with you, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and washing your hands frequently.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, contact your doctor or go to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines.