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New COVID shots available without an appointment during clinic at Tuscora Park

| September 27, 2022
The staff from the New Philadelphia City Health Department are heading back to Tuscora Park for another COVID-19 vaccination clinic where people will be able to get one of the new bivalent boosters without an appointment. (New Philadelphia City Health Department)

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Sept. 27, 2022) – City Health Commissioner Vickie Ionno and her team are returning to Tuscora Park Wednesday for another COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

They’ll be there from 9 until 11:30 and 1 to 3, providing primary doses and boosters including the new bivalent ones that protect against the virus’ BA4 and BA5 subvariants. Ionno says they’re planning to administer them on a drive-up basis unless there’s a downpour, in which case they’ll move the clinic into the pavilion.

“If it’s pouring rain, our paperwork gets wet and everybody gets soaked for the entire day, so we might have to adjust that a little bit. We do have the indoor setup for shots, as well, so we can be flexible, but if anyone has a problem with ambulating or walking, it’s easier for them to stay in their car and we’ll still run outside for them.” 

Pfizer’s new booster is available to anyone 12 and older but only adults can get the one manufactured by Moderna. Ionno says they’re different from the ones older adults and people with certain health issues became eligible for earlier in the year.

“Because the virus has mutated and it’s a different type of variant now. This new booster has that targeted variant, so it would give them better immunity and protection against the virus that’s really going around here at this time.”

COVID shots are also available by appointment at the city health department on Tuesdays and Fridays. To schedule, call 330-364-4491 extension 1208.  

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