Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel on January 26, 2021 Presentation

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Vaccine Roll Out Continues with Fourth Clinic; Health Department Answers Residents’ Most Frequent Questions

Photo credit: Brian K. Austin

Caption: Registered nurse Jill Sussman draws a vaccine into the syringe for her next patient. So far the health department has vaccinated over 1,100 residents and those who work in Putnam County.

  • 200 vaccines released to PCDOH from NYS January 19
  • 202 first doses administered on January 21 at a fourth closed POD, for targeted populations in 1b. Recipients of vaccine at PCDOH PODs are identified according to specific NYSDOH guidance
  • Groups and date for next clinic to be announced when vaccine shipment and guidelines are released from NYS

The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) held its fourth closed point-of-dispensing clinic, known as a “POD” clinic, and administered 202 vaccines to eligible Putnam residents and others who work in the County, as phase 1b continued. Limited state vaccine supplies resulted in the health department receiving a smaller allotment this time. For the three previous clinics 300 doses were shipped to the local Putnam health department. This brings the total of COVID vaccinations administered by the health department to over 1,100.

The health department typically receives notification of vaccine shipments, and then plans and administers vaccinations within a 48-hour time frame. Rigid state guidelines are issued with each separate vaccine shipment and must be closely followed to ensure future shipments.

Many questions are being asked and the health department has issued an alert which follows below to address the most frequently asked ones. Additionally residents are encouraged to call “211” for questions related to vaccine availability, or the NYS vaccine hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

The health department expects additional doses for a future clinic soon, however none are scheduled at this time. Scheduling changes quickly. PODs may still be announced for next week. When a County POD is scheduled, a link will be sent directly to specific organizations or shared on the health department website as appropriate.

Vaccine also may be available from a NYS-run clinic, where all currently eligible New York residents can get vaccinated, unlike local health departments which follow specific state-issued guidelines for their populations. The NYS phased distribution and eligible groups are described here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine .

 

FAQs, January 22, 2021

I’m eligible for the COVID vaccine. What’s next?

If you’re eligible for a vaccine, please be patient as you may not be able to be vaccinated right away. Vaccine supply at the local level is limited by what is distributed by New York State (NYS), which is limited by what is distributed to the state by the Federal government. NYS has set up a network of ‘retail’ providers to administer vaccine to eligible populations. The network is made up of hospitals, pharmacies, the NYS Department of Health and local health departments, and other healthcare providers.  Each provider in the network is responsible for announcing and scheduling their own clinics. For an appointment with a healthcare provider, pharmacy or hospital, please check directly with your preferred provider.

Putnam County Department of Health clinics are scheduled and announced weekly as availability is determined. Announcements  can be found on our website at www.putnamcountyny.com/coronavirus or social media sites @PutnamHealthNY. Registration links will be emailed for closed clinics or posted on the website for open clinics, depending on NYSDOH instructions.

Appointments for the clinics run by NYS Department of Health can be found at https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

Check back often if your preferred site has no appointments as availability can change.
If you visit a location without an appointment, you will not receive a vaccine.

 

Will I still need to quarantine after I’ve been vaccinated if I am identified as a contact?

Yes. Although the vaccine is safe and effective from keeping you from becoming ill, scientists do not yet know if a vaccinated person can spread COVID-19 while asymptomatic. If the CDC updates guidance regarding quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated individuals, PCDOH will share that information.

 

Where do the vaccines come from?

Vaccines are distributed by the Federal government to the states, and then the states distribute them how they see fit. Moderna and Pfizer are the two vaccines that currently have Emergency Use Authorization  for use in the United States. Both companies are based in the United States.

 

What should I do if I get a sooner appointment?

If you secured multiple appointments for your first dose, please make sure to cancel the later appointment so that someone else can be vaccinated. NYS requires providers to schedule your second dose with the same provider when you receive your first dose.

 

How do I make an appointment for my second dose?

At most providers, your second dose will be scheduled at the time of your first. If you are vaccinated at a PCDOH clinics, you will be given a vaccination card with the date of your second does. They you will be sent an email reminder with a special link to complete mandatory registration for your second dose. There is no need to contact the health department.

 

When will I be eligible for the vaccine?

As of January 20, individuals in Phases 1a and 1b are eligible for vaccination. Phase 1a includes healthcare workers. Phase 1b includes those 65 years and older, first responders, teachers, and other frontline workers. A complete list can be found at: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine. You can also check your eligibility at https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.

 

What is the cost of the vaccine?

The vaccine is free to all New Yorkers.

 

I already had COVID, do I still need a vaccine?

Yes. Vaccination should be delayed until an infected individual has recovered from the acute illness and has completed their isolation period. The CDC suggests that reinfection is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection, therefore an individual may choose to delay vaccination until the end of their presumed immunity after initial infection.

 

What side effects should I expect from the vaccine?

Whenever you receive a vaccine, your body produces an immune response that can vary from a sore arm to feeling unwell for a few days. Generally, you can expect a sore arm or swelling where you received the vaccine. Other side effects include fever, chills, tiredness, or a headache. For more information about possible vaccine side effects, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html

 

Do I still need to wear a mask after I’m vaccinated?

Yes. The vaccine is safe and effective. Research is ongoing to help determine how effective the current vaccines are in preventing a fully vaccinated, asymptomatic individual from spreading COVID-19 to others.

 

Will I need a booster dose or annual COVID-19 vaccination?

According to the CDC, the need for and timing of booster doses for mRNA COVID-19 vaccines has not been established. No additional doses beyond the two-dose primary series are recommended at this time.

 

Can I catch COVID from the vaccine?

No. The vaccines approved for use in the United States do not use a live virus. The two currently available vaccines, from Pfizer and Moderna, have been developed using mRNA technology.

 

Are mRNA vaccines safe? How are they made?

mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine based on technology that has been used and studied for decades.  For an easy-to-understand explanation of how mRNA vaccines work, please visit here.

 

How can I find information about vaccine availability?

Residents are encouraged to call “211” for COVID questions related to vaccine availability, or the NYS vaccine hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

 

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Please let us know if we can provide any additional information. Feel free to contact our Public Information Officer Shanna Siegel with any questions at 845-656-4905.

PUBLIC NOTICE – Meeting of the Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel on January 26, 2021.

PUBLIC NOTICE – Meeting of the Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel on January 26, 2021.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel formed pursuant to Executive Order No. 203 issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 12, 2020, will hold a meeting via Audio Webcast on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 10:00am.

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the meeting will be open to the public via Audio Webcast due to the suspension of the Open Meetings Law pursuant to the Governor’s Temporary Emergency Orders in effect. Please check the Putnam County Website (www.putnamcountyny.gov) for the link information.

The Putnam County Department of Health vaccinated another 202 essential workers on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Carmel Friendship Center

The Putnam County Department of Health vaccinated another 202 essential workers on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Carmel Friendship Center. Putnam County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Nesheiwat, Carmel School District talks to Carmel School District employee Lisa Ferraro, who received the vaccine, and Felicia Saunders, RN, who administered the vaccine.

It should be easier and faster to get COVID-19 vaccine, but the hard truth is that a lot of our most vulnerable residents are having to wait too long to be vaccinated

It should be easier and faster to get COVID-19 vaccine, but the hard truth is that a lot of our most vulnerable residents are having to wait too long to be vaccinated, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said.

Putnam County has almost 18,000 residents aged 65 or older. An estimated 2,600 residents work in law enforcement, firefighting or other protective service occupations.  Another 6,200 or so residents work in education and libraries, which the Census lumps together. Then there are 3,900 healthcare practitioners, technologists and technicians.  And don’t forget nursing home and group home staff and residents.  All of those residents and more are eligible for vaccination under state rules.

“More than 30,700 Putnam residents are eligible under state rules to receive a COVID-19 vaccine,” County Executive Odell said. “But this week, the state has allocated just 200 vaccines to our health department to inoculate essential workers and 200 vaccines to a pharmacy to administer to senior citizens. If you can’t get an appointment for a vaccine, that’s why. We are working with the state to try and get more vaccine.”

Right now, there are only three options for vaccination in the county: The Putnam County Department of Health, which is running clinics in Carmel and Philipstown but only for eligible essential workers; Putnam Hospital Center, which is only authorized to vaccinate healthcare professionals; and Drug World in Cold Spring, which is authorized for senior citizen vaccinations only. We are waiting for data from the state to tell us how many doses of vaccine have been dispensed countywide since the start of the program and how many vaccinations have been administered.

The Putnam County Health Department has run three vaccine PODs (points of dispensing), two in Carmel and one in Philipstown, and has vaccinated nearly 1,000 people in the five weeks since the vaccines were made available.

Because the health department has been tasked by the state with vaccinating only a very narrow group of essential workers, it does not schedule appointments online. Instead, the appointments are distributed equally among organizations whose members the department is required to vaccinate. Still, it is worth checking the health department’s website regularly in case it is given the flexibility to vaccinate a broader scope of residents in the future.  https://www.putnamcountyny.com/health/

“We are just trying to be fair and work within the guidelines the state has given us,” said Kathy Percacciolo, PCDOH Supervising Public Health Nurse. “We are very experienced at organizing and operating mass vaccination PODs, and we hope the state will allow us to vaccinate more of our residents when supplies increase.”

Drug World, a pharmacy at 55 Chestnut Street in Cold Spring, was selected by the state to run COVID-19 vaccine clinics for those aged 65 and older. The pharmacy vaccinated 140 seniors last week at St. Mary’s in-the-Highlands church, also on Chestnut Street in Cold Spring, and is expected to hold vaccination clinics regularly as supply allows. To check for an appointment, visit https://www.drugworld.com/

The same is shortage of supply is at work for those trying to get an appointment at one of the big regional vaccine centers run by the state, like the Westchester County Center in White Plains. Appointments at those sites are booked through the end of April, the websites say.  To check their availability, visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

“We recognize there is concern about the wait for vaccines,” said Michael Nesheiwat, MD, Commissioner of Health. “One thing that is important to realize is this was not completely unexpected. We need to look at vaccine implementation as the long-term project it is—more of a long-distance race and not an all-out sprint. It is an enormous undertaking and not physically possible to roll out large numbers of vaccines in an instant.”

Despite the frustration at the current scarcity of vaccine supply, the good news is that more vaccines are expected to be approved in the near future. There will soon be enough vaccine for everyone that wants to get vaccinated.

And, the public health practices we’ve been following continue to work: wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing.

Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 1/18/2021

Cases: See Community Impact Dashboard attached. Case numbers may be updated based on address verification process.

Vaccines: Please see information below for a statement regarding vaccine deployment. Putnam County will begin to promote the use of 2-1-1 for residents seeking information on vaccinations. There is still a demand that far exceeds supply (regionally). As more healthcare providers and pharmacies become points of dispensing, residents will begin to receive information on appointment availability and registration. If/when we have POD appointments available, we will share as appropriate.

Early Warning Monitoring:  As you can see on the dashboard (attached as well as NYSDOH info below) our county/region is beginning to see the impact of the holiday season rise in cases now reflected in the rate of hospitalizations and sadly, the recent deaths.

DATE: January 15, 2021

ELIGIBLE GROUPS: 1a and 1b ​. More info here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine

VACCINE APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY:
Putnam County does not have vaccine availability at this time.
NYS vaccination sites may have changing availability. To check for appointments at a NYS vaccination site, please click here or visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
When a Putnam County DOH Point of Distribution clinic (POD) is scheduled, the link will be sent directly to specific organizations or shared at www.putnamcountyny.com/health and social media as appropriate.

The health department is made aware of our vaccine allotment and assignments from NYS on a weekly basis. As such, Putnam will be scheduling Point of Distribution clinics less than 1 week in advance for the first dose.

The best place to stay up to date with vaccine announcements is our website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health.
We are eager to vaccinate our community and thank you for your patience as the rollout continues.

 

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell praised the county health department for establishing COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites, and called for the public’s patience as we await more vaccine supply.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell praised the county health department for establishing COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites, and called for the public’s patience as we await more vaccine supply.

The Putnam County Department of Health administered 307 vaccines to seniors 75 and older and essential workers on Thursday at the Philipstown Recreation Center. That follows two successful vaccine points of dispensing, or PODS, at the Carmel Friendship Center, which vaccinated 611 people.

“Thursday’s venue was ideal, it means the health department now has a location in Philipstown and another in Carmel to administer the vaccine,” said County Executive Odell. “I even heard seniors remark how nice it was to see friends who they hadn’t seen since the Office of Senior Resources programs were paused early last year.”

Although the county health department has set up facilities to distribute the vaccine, demand still far outstrips supply. More than 7 million New Yorkers are eligible to be vaccinated but the state only received 300,000 doses a week from the federal government. As of Friday, the county health department had no vaccine and no indication when it will receive a new allocation from the state.

The state has a wide network of vaccine dispensers. Hospitals have been charged with vaccinating doctors, nurses and medical workers. Local health departments are charged with vaccinating essential workers identified as part of Phase 1B – first responders, educators and more. Local pharmacies are charged with vaccinating those aged 65 plus, but since there were problems with some pharmacies in Putnam County, the state asked the county’s health department to vaccinate the seniors.

“We need to ask for your continued patience,” Odell said. “This is hard on everyone, but I know it is especially hard on our seniors, who are the most vulnerable to the virus and, often, the most isolated. We are working as best we can to get you vaccinated, and as soon as we get more supply, we will. The best we can do now, is keep you informed. ”

Here is the latest advisory from our health department:

PUTNAM COUNTY COVID VACCINATION INFO UPDATED: January 15, 2021

VACCINE APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY:
Putnam County does not have vaccine availability at this time.

ELIGIBLE GROUPS: 1a and 1b. More info here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine

NYS vaccination sites may have changing availability. To check for appointments at a NYS vaccination site, please click here. Or visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.

When a Putnam County DOH Point of Distribution clinic (POD) is scheduled, the link will be sent directly to specific organizations the state requires us to vaccinate, or shared on the Putnam County Department of Health website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health as appropriate.

Also see PutnamHealthNY Facebook and Twitter accounts @PutnamHealthNY)

 The health department is made aware of our vaccine allotment and assignments from NYS on a weekly basis. As such, Putnam will be scheduling Point of Distribution clinics less than 1 week in advance for the first dose. 

The best place to stay up to date with vaccine announcements is our website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health or www.putnamcountyny.com

We are eager to vaccinate our community and thank you for your patience as the rollout continues.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that the Putnam County Department of Health will open a second COVID-19 vaccination site on Thursday, Jan. 14, this one in Philipstown.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that the Putnam County Department of Health will open a second COVID-19 vaccination site on Thursday, Jan. 14, this one in Philipstown.

The site, at Philipstown Recreation Center, will enable the county to vaccinate as many eligible people as supplies allow. The county’s first point of dispensing, or POD, opened last week at the Carmel Friendship Center and vaccinated 611 people over two days.

“We want to ensure that everyone in our county has good access to a POD,” County Executive Odell said. “The supply of vaccine is limited now, but as our allocation from the state increases, we will quickly ramp up and serve many more people on both sides of the county.”

Only those who already have appointments Thursday will be vaccinated. Those without appointments will be turned away.

The county health department is just one of the agencies in Putnam getting vaccine shipments from the state. Pharmacies, urgent cares, health centers and hospitals will also administer vaccines, but County Executive Odell has asked the state to put the county government in charge of the distribution in Putnam.

“If the state put the county government in charge of the local vaccine distribution, we could meet the needs of all our residents with far less confusion,” she said. “We are the level of government that is closest to our population. We know our residents. Our Office for Senior Resources knows who the homebound seniors are, our health department knows how to run a vaccine clinic for our residents because they routinely do so for the Flu vaccine. We have the staff and the volunteers necessary to run big PODs. It just makes so much sense, and we are eager to make this COVID-19 vaccination experience less stressful for our residents.”

Because there is a limited supply of vaccine, the state has set rigid guidelines as to who is eligible.

For Thursday’s health department POD, the department received 100 vaccines that the state designated for seniors aged 75 or older. It also received 200 vaccines designated for essential workers and divided those appointments among the police, fire companies and school districts.

“This has been a nerve-wracking year and we are all eager to get vaccinated, or to make appointments for our elderly loved ones,” said Legislator Amy Sayegh. “We just have to be patient a little longer. We are lucky the vaccination program has started and are confident the volume will increase soon. There is a light at the end of this tunnel.”

Healthcare workers, first responders, educators, transit workers and other essential workers are now eligible for vaccination. On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo followed Centers for Disease Control guidance and extended the pool of eligible New Yorkers to those aged 65 and older as well as immunocompromised adults. Millions of New Yorkers are now eligible for vaccination, but the state only gets 300,000 vaccines a week from the federal government.
To sign up, fill out this form:
https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
Those eligible can also call the State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline for an appointment: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

For more information about eligibility, phased distribution and more, visit https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/what-you-need-know.

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