ITHACA, N.Y.—Downtown Ithaca will get a coveted pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic this week, according to an announcement late Tuesday.

The clinic will be held at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, located at 302 W. Buffalo Street, on Friday, February 19. There will be 300 doses available at the clinic; 200 will be for people who are eligible under Phase 1A and Phase 1B of the vaccination distribution plan, and the other 100 are designated for people over the age of 65 with comorbidities (or underlying medical conditions). It will include a registration for a second dose. It’s unclear if these doses are separate from the other 800 that were announced earlier Tuesday.

The registration for the initial clinic will be distributed privately by the health department and GIAC to people who are eligible under Phase 1B, and phone registration will also be available in case of seniors and those with limited technological experience. Eligibility information is available here.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo had announced the possibility of upstate pop-up clinics last week, after launching a first round of three that would be held in New York City. Cuomo did say that those pop-up spots would be staffed by federal workers.

“We are excited to host the County’s first pop-up clinic in such an historical and central location,” said Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “This clinic will serve individuals who may have barriers to accessing the vaccination site at the mall. BJM is also a familiar and trusted community space for our downtown neighbors.”

Kruppa also thanked ICSD and Cayuga Health System for their help, as well as GIAC for its outreach work.

“Additionally, our local representatives who serve on the Southern Tier Vaccination Coalition helped identify GIAC/BJM as one of several locations in the County where the State could hold a pop-up clinic,” Kruppa continued. “It is because of these strong partnerships and community support that we can mobilize a large-scale clinic within a few short days.”

“GIAC is thrilled to partner with the Health Department, Cayuga Health System, and ICSD for this pop-up vaccination clinic. GIAC shares a commitment with BJM and other partner organizations to build a culture of love, resiliency, and strong relationships. This pandemic has tested us as a community, but this is our time to step up, sleeve up, and get vaccinated,” said Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Executive Director of GIAC and Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com