TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—With an eye towards continuing to expand COVID-19 vaccination accessibility to youth and rural populations, the Tompkins County Health Department has announced a new slate of vaccination clinics.

The clinics are being held in conjunction with Cayuga Health System and local school districts. The details are as follows:

New Roots Charter School

  • Wednesday, June 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 12-18 years old
  • Pfizer vaccine (first dose)
  • Registration link was shared by the school

Shops at Ithaca Mall – Old Sears (40 Catherwood Rd.)

  • Wednesday, June 2 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • 18 years and older
  • J&J vaccine
  • Call 211 (1-877-211-8667) during business hours, 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. for transportation options.
  • Walk-ins welcome, no appointment necessary

Green Street Bus Stop (131 E Green St.)

  • Tuesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 3 from 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • 18 years and older
  • J&J vaccine
  • Call 211 (1-877-211-8667) during business hours, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for transportation options.
  • Walk-ins welcome, no appointment necessary

Trumansburg School District

  • Thursday, June 3 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • 12-18 years old
  • Pfizer vaccine (first dose)
  • Registration link was shared by the school district

The health department is also emphasizing that time off necessary to recover for receipt of the COVID-19 vaccination is covered by New York State’s Paid Sick Leave Law, potentially in response to growing evidence that trepidation over missed work is fueling vaccine hesitance.

“Although side effects of vaccine are limited and it is rare that someone will need time off from work, this legislation is important because it sends a message to employers and employees that getting vaccinated is a priority,” said Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “We don’t want anyone in our community to put off getting vaccinated because they have concerns about side effects or fear of losing pay. We encourage employers to make sure their employees understand this guidance and feel supported to take time 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