TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—In the ongoing push to vaccinate as many people as possible in Tompkins County, the local health department has announced a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic that is scheduled for Saturday, April 24. Anyone who is over 18 years old will be eligible for the clinic, in one of the first open-to-the-public clinics that the health department has hosted.

The clinic is being held in the old Sears building at the Shops at Ithaca Mall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 24. The Moderna vaccine will be administered, which requires a second shot one month after the first dose. The clinic is being held in addition to another vaccine clinic being held on Saturday in Groton, designed to aim for part of the county’s rural population.

A one-click link is available for those interested in registering for an appointment, though they should act as soon as possible. It is unclear how many doses are available. It is not necessary to sign up for the Vaccine Registry to schedule an appointment at this clinic. The link is shareable, which TCHD is encouraging, and others can call 2-1-1 or (877) 211-8667 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to schedule an appointment.

  • For transportation assistance, after scheduling your appointment, please call 2-1-1 to arrange.
  • Please bring a PHOTO ID and INSURANCE CARD with you to your appointment, if you have them.

“After this weekend, 60 percent of our Tompkins County population will be vaccinated with at least the first dose,” said Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “This is an incredible achievement and a testament to the dedication of our community to protect themselves and others. We still have a ways to go to achieve the last mile to herd immunity and we are struggling to fill appointments. We are planning for future weeks to have a clear schedule of clinics and more flexibility with locations, hours, and walk-in opportunities. For those who have gotten vaccinated, please encourage and assist your family members to sign up for an appointment.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that beginning Friday, April 23, selected NYS mass vaccination sites will offer walk-in appointments for individuals 60 years and over to get vaccinated.

Matt Butler

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