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.

COVID Vaccine Availability Update – January 13, 2021

DATE: January 13, 2021

ELIGIBLE GROUPS: 1a and 1b ​who live or work in Putnam County. More info here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine

VACCINE APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY:
Putnam County has been directed by New York State to vaccinate specific groups eligible in phase 1b: P-12 teachers, police and firefighters. We have a closed POD scheduled for those individuals on Thursday. The link to register will be shared directly with the organization leader who will disseminate it to their staff.
Due to unusual circumstances, Putnam has a very small allotment this week to vaccinate those 75 and older. PCDOH is working with the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources to register individuals 75 and older for a POD on Thursday.

The health department is made aware of our vaccine allotment and assignments from NYS on a weekly basis. As such, Putnam will be scheduling PODs 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. We are eager to vaccinate our community and thank you for your patience as the rollout continues.

COVID Vaccine Availability Update – January 11, 2021

DATE: January 11, 2021

ELIGIBLE GROUPS: 1a and 1b  ​(more info here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine) for people who live or work in Putnam County

VACCINE APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY: PCDOH does not have appointment availability at this time. We anticipate a closed POD to be scheduled this week for specific portions of those eligible under phase 1b.

As soon as the Putnam County Department of Health receives additional guidance from New York State regarding vaccinations for those eligible in Phase 1B, this information will be shared with our community and additional PODs will be scheduled.

Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 1/11/2021

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

Schools: Most Putnam County schools are resuming in-person learning this week. Some of them will be proactively testing a portion of their population, while others plan to hold off until the State requires testing.

Vaccine: Many county and town agencies and representatives have been overhwelmed with calls/emails/posts/dms regarding the vaccine availability in Putnam County. We are so pleased that many people are eager to get vaccinated! We are asking for patience as we await NYSDOH guidance on phase 1b roll-out. We anticipate more PCDOH-run vaccine PODs and will share this information as soon as it is available. Please feel free to share the following information (verbally or on social media) or use it as a guide for those fielding calls from residents. NYS planned to release a vaccination hotline today: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). Residents can check their eligibility here: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ — however we have been informed that not all information on the site is up-to-date.

Early Warning Monitoring:  Mid-Hudson Region (updated 1/10/21 with data as of 1/9/2021) Overall hospital bed availability is declining. Test positivity rate for the region remains below 8%. 

 Putnam County (Updated 1/10/2021 with data as of 1/9/2021)

 

Vaccine Putnam County – The Putnam County Department of Health is preparing to expand COVID-19 vaccination distribution

The Putnam County Department of Health is preparing to expand COVID-19 vaccination distribution to those aged 75 and older, first responders, teachers and other essential workers who live and/or work in the county, as the state institutes Phase 1B of its vaccination program, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said.

“This is a good step forward,”  said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell.  “The rollout will still be slow because the supply is so very limited. We are hopeful that vaccine production will ramp up and that the supply will increase to meet the demand.”

Vaccinations are by appointment only.

To sign up, start by seeing if you are eligible:

https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

If you are, you will be given a list of local places where you can get a vaccination.

Those eligible can also call the State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline for an appointment: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

 

Prior to receiving the vaccination, you must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. This form can be completed online at https://forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine you will receive a submission ID.

Do not show up to a vaccination site without an appointment. You will not be given a vaccine.

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

 

On Monday, Jan. 11, the Putnam County Department of Health ran its second Phase 1A vaccination point of dispensing, or POD, at Carmel Friendship Center on Old Route 6 for healthcare workers and those who live or work in nursing homes or group homes only. The health department has administered 600 doses of the Moderna vaccine, all it has received so far. The department expects another 300 doses this week.

Other agencies, including hospitals, urgent cares, health centers and pharmacies, will also be vaccinating people. Because of the limited supplies, it is expected to take until mid-April to vaccinate all the New York State residents in the approved 1A and 1B groups.

Those now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination include:

  • Teachers and education workers
  • First responders
  • Public safety workers
  • Public transit workers
  • People 75 and older
  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • EMS workers
  • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
  • Urgent Care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff
  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
  • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff
  • Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
  • Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
  • Registered Nurses
  • Specialty medical practices of all types
  • Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff
  • Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff
  • Physical Therapists and their staff
  • Optometrists and their staff
  • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides
  • Home care workers
  • Hospice workers
  • Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program

COVID19 Vaccine Clinic for Phase 1A on Monday, January 11

The Health Department is offering a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Monday, January 11 from 12 noon until 3 pm for those eligible during Phase 1A who live or work in Putnam County at the Carmel Friendship Center, 110 Old Route 6, Carmel.

Availability is limited and preregistration is required. NO WALK-INS allowed.

You must bring proof of residency and employment or your professional license. If you are not in Phase 1A, you will be turned away.

Phase 1A includes:

  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • EMS workers
  • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
  • Urgent Care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff
  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
  • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • This includes, but is not limited to,
    • Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff
    • Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
    • Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
    • Registered Nurses
    • Specialty medical practices of all types
    • Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff
    • Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff
    • Physical Therapists and their staff
    • Optometrists and their staff
    • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides
    • Home care workers
    • Hospice workers

Pre-register here: https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=50501701

If you need to cancel your appointment, please do so through the link in your confirmation email as soon as possible to allow someone else to be vaccinated. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WITH VACCINE QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME.

For more information about the COVID vaccine, please visit www.ny.gov/vaccine

Additional clinics may be scheduled as vaccine availability allows. Please check www.putnamcountyny.com for further announcements.

This information is current at the time it was shared and is subject to change.

Health Department Plans Closed COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Caption: Rebeca Garcia, RN, public health nurse at the Putnam County Department of Health, administers a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to Jennifer Mottarella, LPN, the school nurse at St. James school in the Carmel Central School District.

  • 600 vaccines released to PCDOH from NYS on January 5
  • 251 administered on Jan 7 at first closed POD
  • First dose—January 7; second dose—February 4
  • Groups scheduled for next week’s closed POD clinic on Monday, January 11, are the same as 1/7— those living or working in facilities run by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Office of Mental Health, and Office of Addiction Services and Support.

The Putnam County Department of Health has a closed COVID-19 vaccination clinic or POD scheduled for Monday, January 11. Similar to the first Putnam COVID clinic on January 7, the POD or point of distribution clinic, is targeted to higher risk populations and not open to the public but by appointment only to those living or working in facilities run by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Office of Mental Health, and Office of Addiction Services and Support and certain other individuals and/or groups eligible in phase 1a of New York’s vaccination priority groups.

Putnam County Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, M.D. administers a COVID-19 Vaccine to Kathleen L. Percacciolo BSN, RN Supervising Public Health Nurse

The Putnam County Department of Health vaccinated 251 people against COVID-19 Thursday during its first vaccination drive of the pandemic, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced.

The vaccine clinic, or POD as it’s known, was not open to the public, but only by appointment to those living or working in facilities run by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Office of Mental Health, and Office of Addiction Services and Support.

“This was our first time out of the gate and it went very well,” County Executive Odell said. “The health department started small in order to work out the details involved in inoculating large numbers of people in the midst of a pandemic.”

Between noon and 3 p.m., groups of those pre-approved for vaccination lined up at a safe social distance outside the Carmel Friendship Center on Old Route 6 in Carmel waiting for their turn to get jabbed. After they received their shots, they were watched closely while they waited in their cars for 15 minutes to make sure they did not have a reaction to the vaccine. The health department ran the POD with support from local law enforcement, EMS and plenty of volunteers.

Because of the limited vaccine supply, the state has given first priority to a broad group of healthcare workers and those in living in nursing homes or other congregate care.  Only those groups with state approval can be vaccinated at this time,  no matter where they get the vaccine, the local health department, or other venues that have also been given limited supply – pharmacies, urgent cares, health centers and hospitals.

“The vaccinations are the easy part,” Kathy Percacciolo, PCDOH Supervising Public Health Nurse said. “Sometimes the logistics can interfere with implementation— as we have seen happen in other places. Fortunately, in Putnam County we are experienced in running PODs and today’s POD went off without a hitch.”

The county health department received 600 Moderna vaccines from the state on Tuesday. It will hold a second POD on Monday for the same population group at the Carmel Friendship Center on Old Route 6 in Carmel.

Those approved for vaccination during New York State, Phase 1A include:

  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • EMS workers
  • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
  • Urgent Care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff
  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
  • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • This includes, but is not limited to,
    • Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff
    • Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
    • Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
    • Registered Nurses
    • Specialty medical practices of all types
    • Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff
    • Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff
    • Physical Therapists and their staff
    • Optometrists and their staff
    • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides
    • Home care workers
    • Hospice workers

 

PHOTO CAPTION:

Michael Nesheiwat, MD, Putnam County Commissioner of Health administers a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination to Kathy Percacciolo, PCDOH Supervising Public Health Nurse at the Carmel Friendship Center on Thursday Jan. 7

Putnam County received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that the Putnam County Department of Health received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines and will begin vaccinating workers and residents of certain congregate living facilities this week.

“This is what we have all been waiting for,” County Executive Odell said. “At last, the vaccine is in the hands of our county health department and will be going into the arms of our healthcare providers and most vulnerable citizens. Our health department is trained for this, they are the experts in public vaccination programs and they are ready to go. The Department of Health runs vaccination programs every flu season and also when facing health crises like the H1N1 virus.”

The department received 600 doses of the Moderna vaccine on Tuesday and on Thursday will vaccinate staff and residents of facilities run by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Office of Mental Health, and Office of Addiction Services and Support, agencies that were given priority by the state. The Moderna vaccine requires a second dose 28 days after the first.

Putnam County will conduct the closed COVID-19 vaccination Point-of-Dispensing (POD) for eligible county residents. Those who live or work in the facilities have been notified that they can sign up to receive the vaccine. PODs are a collaborative effort with the Department of Health at the helm and support from local law enforcement, EMS, and volunteers.

“When local health departments step up and run PODs, we are showing the community that we believe in this vaccine and truly see this as our way forward,” Michael Nesheiwat, MD Commissioner of Health said. “As the vaccine becomes more widely available, we strongly urge everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated.”

Putnam County Department of Health staff worked throughout the holiday week to put together a vaccination distribution plan that was requested on Christmas Eve by the Hudson Valley region’s vaccination hub at Westchester Medical Center. Putnam’s was among the first county distribution plans approved.

On Wednesday, County Executive Odell activated the Bureau of Emergency Services Incident Command Structure to oversee an orderly rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program.

“We recognize there is both a desire for vaccines as well as a certain amount of vaccine hesitancy,” said Kathy Percacciolo, PCDOH Supervising Public Health Nurse. “Residents should be assured, the COVID-19 vaccines we have are safe and effective.”

The COVID-19 vaccine is in short supply — the state has received just 300,000 a week — and so the New York State Department of Health established a strict distribution schedule. The first phase, called Phase 1A, prioritizes healthcare workers and staff and residents of nursing homes and other congregate care facilities. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Phase 1A includes 2.1 million healthcare workers. Putnam County has asked the state to include police and fire departments in Phase 1A.

County executives from the New York State Association of Counties have asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo for more independence in managing the vaccination process.

Local health departments are just one of the agencies that will distribute COVID-19. Hospitals, federally qualified health centers, urgent care centers and pharmacies have also been assigned various Phase 1A groups to vaccinate.

In New York State, Phase 1A includes:

  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • EMS workers
  • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
  • Urgent Care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff

As of Jan. 4, the following people qualify for vaccination:

  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
  • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • This includes, but is not limited to,
    • Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff
    • Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
    • Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
    • Registered Nurses
    • Specialty medical practices of all types
    • Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff
    • Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff
    • Physical Therapists and their staff
    • Optometrists and their staff
    • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides
    • Home care workers
    • Hospice workers

 

The state has not released detailed plans for the next phase, Phase 1B, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said it will cover 2.5 million people and include essential workers and those 75-years-old or older.

Dr. Nesheiwat said the Putnam County health department is prepared to vaccinate more residents and employees of Putnam County as the vaccine roll-out progresses.

The Centers for Disease Control and the state Department of Health advise those who have had COVID-19 to wait 90 days before getting vaccinated. Recipients of convalescent plasma must also wait 90 days. Individuals on quarantine cannot attend a vaccination POD.

Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 1/4/2021