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By Lacey Gardner

Andover Church to Host State COVID-19 Pop-up Vaccination Clinic Saturday March 5th


An Andover Church this coming weekend will the the latest Allegany County site for a state COVID-19 Pop-up Vaccination Clinic for ages five-and-over, with flu shots also being available.

       The 11AM to 5PM Saturday, March 5, event will be held at the Andover Alliance Church at 5 Rochambeau Avenue, one of dozens of locations being selected around the state as New York continues seeking to boost vaccination rates for all eligible ages.

       The Andover area has been one of the COVID-19 hot spots in the county, with the Andover school also having the third highest rate of student infections among the dozen Allegany public school districts.

       County reports indicate that most infections of children and youth are occurring at home or other non-school venues.

       Although the infection rate is declining county-wide, local surges continue to be possible due to the county having the lowest first-dose vaccination rate in the state, and those for children and youth being even lower due to immunizations only becoming available for those ages more recently.

       In event of a surge due to a another mutation, such as occurred with the Delta or Omicron variants, those who are vaccinated can be protected earlier as a result of already being vaccinated.

       Flu and COVID-19 shots can be obtained on the same day, with second doses for the COVID-19 vaccine being given during the same times on Saturday, March 26.

       Registrations are available at or from Linda Kosa, community health navigator for Human Services Development, at or (585) 593-1304.

       Walk-ins also will be accepted, with the church being handicapped accessible.

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