Niagara County Department of Health Prioritizing Mass Vaccination Clinics

The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) announces the start of Point of Dispensing (POD) operations to  provide COVID-19 vaccination to eligible persons as defined by New York State.

“We will be prioritizing POD drive through operations as a key focus for our staff and volunteer efforts,” stated Daniel J. Stapleton, Public Health Director.  “All POD sites are drive-through operations, pre-registration only and scheduled on a week-to-week basis based on  vaccine availability and NYS phases,” he added.

For each phase, the NCDOH sends pre-registration information via  multiple communication channels to targeted distribution groups. As the phases expand to include general population,  pre-registration information will be made more publicly available on the NCDOH website:  https://www.niagaracounty.com/health/Services/Public-Health-Preparedness/2019-Novel-Coronavirus-COVID 19/COVID-19-Vaccination.  

“POD operations require a significant number of staff, in concert with volunteers and partner support,” stated Elise  Pignatora, Director of Public Health Planning and Emergency Preparedness. “The community can play an important role  by following key isolation and quarantine actions, while we work to ensure a safe, efficient and equitable vaccination  campaign is available to our community members,” she emphasized. While cases continue to rise in Niagara County and  surrounding areas, the Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) is asking the community to remain vigilant and  play an important part in reducing community transmission of COVID-19. “Our nurses will be staffing the POD  operations to help ensure those most at-risk from the virus have access to the vaccine,” stated Laurie Schoenfeldt,  Nursing Director. “With limited staff and the need to shift some staff from contact tracing to vaccination efforts, we urge community members to follow key actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” she added. 

Individuals who have been told of a positive COVID test result by their physician, pharmacy, health care facility or  laboratory must isolate for 10 days past the onset of symptoms or 10 days past the date of their positive test sample  collection (if no symptoms). Key actions to take if you test positive for COVID-19 (Isolation), or if you have  symptoms and are awaiting test results: 

▪ Stay home 

▪ Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign, seek emergency medical care immediately ▪ Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible 

▪ Use a separate bathroom, if possible 

▪ Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets 

▪ Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils 

▪ Wear a mask when around other people, if you are able to 

Mandatory quarantines are defined as close contacts (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes regardless of wearing a mask)  and household members of an individual with a positive test result. Those who do not have symptoms must quarantine  for 10 days past the last date of exposure, and continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14. Those experiencing  symptoms must quarantine for 14 days. A negative diagnostic COVID-19 test does not end or shorten the quarantine  period. Key actions to take if you have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case (Quarantine): 

▪ Stay home 

▪ If you develop symptoms contact your healthcare provider and seek testing 

▪ Watch for fever (100°F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19 ▪ Stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 

PUBLIC HEALTH: PREVENT. PROMOTE. PROTECT. http://www.niagaracounty.com/health 

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