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Columbia County planning COVID booster pods for 5 to 11-year-olds, Greene County does not

May 22, 2022 1:00 am

Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media nationwide, children ages 5 to 11 will now be eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination, but Greene County is holding out for more information before deciding on a course of action. The COVID-19 Community Level is considered to be high in both Columbia and Greene counties by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 65.5 percent of Greene County's population age 5 and older is fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. In Columbia County, that rate is about 78.5 percent. “I don’t know if that’s going to be something that a pediatrician has to make a decision on versus public health but at this point, we would have no plan to establish a pod,” Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said on May 20. Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb said, “We found we had great success at AB Shaw and at the Chatham Fire House because we were able to segregate the kids and they didn’t have to see other kids getting the shot at both locations. So we are planning on contacting both of those firehouses again to see if we can run pods there, specifically for those 5 to 11.” Adults who are age 50 or older and received a first booster shot at least four months ago or people 12 or older and are moderately or severely immunocompromised, and received a first booster shot at least four months ago are eligible for a second booster shot. New York State will issue guidance on the booster for 5 to 11-year-olds in the near future, Gov. Kathy Hochul said after the CDC announcement. During the pandemic more than 4.8 million children between the ages of 5 and 11 have been diagnosed with COVID-19, 15,000 have been hospitalized and more than 180 have died. “Vaccination continues to be the most effective way to prevent COVID-19 and its severe consequences, and it is safe,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert M. Califf said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.