It will be back to slap shots instead of COVID shots at the Broome Community College Ice Center.

Broome County is saying goodbye to its mass vaccination site at SUNY Broome.

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Kathy Whyte/WNBF News

County Executive Jason Garnar says the final second doses of vaccine will be administered by the end of the day June 9 and the site at the BCC Ice Center will close.  The Democrat says after the last dose is given, Broome Emergency Services and Health Department officials will be packing up the syringes, vials, tables, curtain partitions and any other signs of the operations that began at the ice rink at the campus in the Town of Dickinson in January. He says by Friday, no one will know there was ever a vaccination site at the rink.

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Demand for the vaccines has dropped off greatly and the County is continuing to administer shots, now the final doses, to students age 12 to 17 in area schools through the last day of classes at the end of June.

Pop up vaccination locations, however are still planned.  There will be a clinic to administer the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine at the Windsor Fire Station from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 12 and at a Pride Day event at Otsiningo Park as well as June 17 at the Taste of NY building at Cornell Cooperative Extension on Front Street from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Garnar says future clinics can also be expected at some area churches and even Ross Park Zoo in an effort to reach the goal of 70 percent of residents vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to shut down where the virus can go and mutate.  Health officials say getting a majority of people vaccinated is the key to finally stopping the spread of the disease and its development of variants.

Chenango County is planning a couple vaccination clinics in the next few days and one could mean dinner as well.

The COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Norwich Fire Station on Saturday (June 12) will be during the chicken barbecue from 1 to 3 p.m.

Another vaccination clinic will be held  June 22 at the former Label Shopper in the South Plaza in Norwich on June 22 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The clinic will administer the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, which currently is the only shot approved for 12-17 year olds and older. 

Check the Chenango County Health Department vaccination page for more information.

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