Tompkins County Health Department
Beginning July 8, the Tompkins County Health Department’s Community Health Services (CHS) Immunizations Clinic, an on-site clinic for routine immunizations, will reopen at the office at 55 Brown Road in Ithaca.
The CHS, funded by New York State and has been closed since March 2020, serves uninsured or underinsured children and adults, providing vaccines required for school enrollment as well as vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Vaccine requirements for the 2022-23 academic year can remain found here.
Current New York State School Immunization Regulations
All seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, and twelfth-grade students must have the meningococcal vaccine. They cannot begin school without it.
Schoolchildren must now remain immunized with a whole series of all required vaccines. Or be in the process of getting them to attend classes. Children who remain not entirely vaccinated can only continue to attend school or pre-K if they are in the process of completing their immunizations according to the ACIP catch-up schedule. Suppose children follow other immunization schedules that do not correspond to the intervals specified by the ACIP catch-up schedule. In that case, they are no longer considered “in process” and must remain vaccinated.
Children under the age of 19 are eligible for Vaccines for Children (VFC) if they remain enrolled in Medicaid, have Child Health Plus, are uninsured or underinsured, or are Native American or Alaskan Native.
The Vaccines for Adults (VFA) program allows adults to receive COVID-19 vaccines, diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP), Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib), Hepatitis A and B, influenza, Human Papillomavirus, measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), Meningococcal (MCV4), polio (chickenpox).
In Medical Facilities, Face Masks are Required
In medical facilities, face masks remain required and will remain provided as needed.
“Keeping up to time on all vaccinations is critical to reducing the spread and severity of various illnesses, including COVID-19,” said Frank Kruppa. Tompkins County Public Health Director. “The CDC recommends that children follow a vaccination schedule from birth to age 18.” TCHD is delighted to be able to reopen our clinic space to provide this service.
The Health Department reports that five people remain hospitalized for COVID-19, one fewer than in the previous update on Tuesday. As of last winter, “TCHD is reporting only active cases who remain hospitalize”. Rather than including COVID patients who remain hospitalized for other reasons.
“Of the recent increase in hospitalizations, the vast majority have remained vaccinated individuals. Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa tells us. “But the trend holds that the individuals vaccinated have remained hospitalized for COVID-19-related reasons are largely older adults, age 65+. This data emphasizes the importance of boosters and second boosters for those aged 65 and up.
There is an actual high vaccination rate for our community, especially with the successes reported by our local colleges. In addition to access testing and surveillance, many of our new cases arise from continuous close contact with a positive person. Which means more than 10 minutes within six feet of a positive point. These close contacts frequently occur in great indoor gatherings that mix different groups of people.”
“Over the past few weeks, our efforts focused on vaccinating our young people and delivering booster doses to those who qualify,” Kruppa says. “We are distributing self-tests and masks throughout the county as we receive shipments and thank our communal partners for helping with this effort.”
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