Cortland County & Kinney Drugs Teaming Up to Bring Large Vaccination Clinic to the Community

Press release from Cortland County Clerk of the Legislature Eric Mulvihill.

The Cortland County Area Agency on Aging is partnering with Kinney Drugs to bring 1100 doses of COVID vaccine to the community to vaccinate individuals 65 years and older.

The County Area Agency on Aging is working with the Homer Central School District to host a vaccination clinic from 8 AM to 7PM on Sunday March 28th at the Homer High school.

This clinic will be specifically for individuals who are 65 or older and have not been able to access their first dose of COVID vaccine.

Elizabeth Haskins Director of the Cortland County Area Agency on Aging says, “Cortland County is thrilled to partner with Kinney Drugs to bring vaccinations for our seniors to Cortland County”. Haskins went on to say, “making sure our seniors have adequate access to vaccines has been a top priority and this clinic will help to ensure no senior who wants a vaccine is left behind.”

“Securing a vaccination appointment is often too burdensome, especially for seniors who aren’t technologically savvy. Many do not have a caretaker to help them navigate this process, so it’s important that we assist these seniors in securing a vaccine. Being an already vulnerable population, they need us to be there for them. Bringing vaccines closer to their communities will be critical to protecting them against this virus and eventually ending this pandemic,” said John Marraffa, RPH, Vice President of Healthcare Services Integration for KPH Healthcare Services.

Homer Central School District Superintendent Tom Turck says the Homer Board of Education has agreed to support leadership’s recommendation to host the clinic at the high school facility. “The Homer School District is committed to supporting not only our students but serving the broader community as well. Homer Schools look forward to supporting this clinic.”

Cortland County Legislative Chairman Paul Heider said the County continues to advocate to make sure Cortland County is not being left behind when it comes to vaccines. “I’m very thankful that Kinney Drugs has agreed to partner with our Area Agency on Aging to help our seniors. As leaders we are responsible to make sure we take care of our vulnerable populations.”

Cortland County is working to recruit volunteers to assist with staffing for this clinic. Anyone interested in volunteering should call 607-745-0072.

Seniors interested in registering for this event must call 607-756-3415 between 8:30 AM to 4PM by March 16, 2021. Those seniors who are already on the County’s 65 and older list will be contacted directly.