TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department has organized another pop-up clinic for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, this time taking place in the Village of Newfield and aimed at vaccinating Newfield residents. Additionally, there will be another open clinic held for anyone over 18 years old at the Shops at Ithaca Mall mass vaccination clinic.

The clinics are taking place on Thursday, April 29. The Shops at Ithaca Mall clinic will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (sign-ups available here) and the Village of Newfield pop-up clinic will take place at the Elementary School Lower Gym at 247 Main Street in Newfield from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the same day (sign-ups available here). Those interested in either clinic can call 2-1-1 for help registering during business hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tompkins County recently surpassed 60,000 people having received at least their first vaccine shot. It’s unclear how many doses are being allocated for these two clinics.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires just a single shot, will be utilized. It was paused for further review of rare side effects, but has now been re-approved for distribution and administration.

“Following a review of all available data, the CDC and FDA approved use stating that the vaccine’s benefits far outweigh its risks,” said the health department. “Women younger than 50 years old should be aware of the rare but increased risk of this adverse event for that age group; there are other COVID-19 vaccine options available for which this risk has not been seen. The safety of all COVID-19 vaccines are monitored by local, state, and federal officials and agencies.”

The Health Department also encouraged those who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to remain vigilant for symptoms of a rare blood clot, and to seek medical care if one of these symptoms arises: Severe or persistent headaches or blurred vision, shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, persistent abdominal pain and easy bruising or tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the injection site.

Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa stated, “We’re excited to offer the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine again. This vaccine is safe, there have been extremely rare instances of blood clots amongst the U.S. population, far less than what’s historically associated with some other medications. The health system and federal and state agencies monitor all vaccine safety closely, and we have guidance on who should be aware of risks and what to be on the lookout for.” Kruppa continued, “We’ve seen a drop-off in vaccine demand as we’re surpassing 60% of our population vaccinated with at least one dose, and we’re increasing our efforts to get doses out to more rural areas of our County. Vaccines are for everyone, and they are a safe and effective way to keep our community healthy.”

Kruppa added, “We need everyone to ensure our friends, family members, and neighbors have the information they need to get vaccinated – whether it’s sharing an FAQ or helping someone get on the registry or to an appointment. The push to community immunity will take all of us.”


More general information about receiving the vaccine and requirements when arriving can be found below:

All New York State residents aged 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. TCHD continues to urge everyone who is eligible to sign up for the Tompkins County COVID-19 Vaccine Registry. The registry has been translated into Spanish, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, Karen, and Burmese, with additional languages to be added. Translated registry pages are available from the main registry page.

All New York State residents must continue to bring proof of identity to vaccine appointments. For minors under 18, a parent or guardian is required to identify the minor. If you are not a New York resident, you must bring proof that you work or study in New York State. Individuals ages 16-18 must receive the Pfizer vaccine, as that vaccine has been authorized as safe and effective for this population, whereas other vaccines are in trials for people aged 18 and below.

Caregivers, family members, or friends can complete this registry on behalf of someone who does not have access to the Internet. Individuals without computer and/or internet access may also call 2-1-1 (877-211-8667) during regular business hours 8:30am-5:00pm and someone can register them over the phone. If indicated in the registry, individuals who do not have computer access will be called by a staff member from 2-1-1 or the County’s Office for the Aging to register for an appointment. This registry does not guarantee a vaccine appointment.

Tompkins County will continue to use the registry to communicate directly with eligible individuals when appointments are available at clinics run in partnership with Cayuga Health System. Any New York resident 16 years and older can get vaccinated at State-run sites and can find available appointments via the “Am I Eligible” tool on the State website. Some local pharmacies and doctor’s offices are also offering vaccine appointments to members of the public, though other eligibility restrictions may apply. The Tompkins County Health Department is encouraging 100% of people over 16 years old to get vaccinated when they are able.

Matt Butler

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