The CDC has recently recommended that those who are immunocompromised receive a third shot of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination. The Greene County Public Health Department is now accepting sign-ups for notifications of clinics for third doses of COVID-19 vaccine – at this time, only immunocompromised individuals are eligible to receive a third dose, and only Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are available for third doses.
What’s Going On with the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine?
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How do I protect myself while waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine to become available?
While promising vaccines have been developed, it will be months before there will be enough doses to innoculate most of the general public.
According to the CDC, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC and WHO recommend following these precautions:
Keep SIX FEET of distance between yourself and people outside your household;
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, and;
Always wear a mask in public places.
What Does “mRNA Vaccine” Mean?
mRNA vaccines take advantage of a normal process inside your body to trigger an immune response and build immunity to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In contrast, most vaccines use weakened or inactivated versions or components of the disease-causing pathogen to stimulate the body’s immune response to create antibodies.
mRNA from the vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell and does not affect or interact with a person’s DNA.
mRNA technology is new, but not unknown. They have been studied for more than a decade.
How does Greene County plan to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine?
Greene County has identified eight sites within the county where vaccination clinics will take place.
Additionally, other healthcare providers and pharmacies will also be administering the vaccine once it arrives.
As most people know, the vaccine will be sent in waves, and it is expected that the vaccination process will take several months to complete.
What is Greene County doing to address the COVID outbreaks at the Prisons in Coxsackie?
Greene County has no jurisdiction over the operations of Greene or Coxsackie Correctional Facilities. These New York State Prisons are under the authority of the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYS DOCCS