TOWN OF ULSTER, N.Y. — More than 1,000 children between the ages of 5 and 11 have gotten COVID-19 shots at Ulster County’s main vaccination site, a county official said Thursday.
Assistant Deputy County Executive Daniel Torres said 175 youngsters in that age group were vaccinated Wednesday in the former Best Buy store at Hudson Valley Mall in the town of Ulster, on top of the 551 who were inoculated there Saturday and 288 on Nov. 10, the first day the shots were available locally for the 5-to-11 population.
Torres said the number of children in the county who have gotten the shot, manufactured by Pfizer, is likely higher than the 1,014 total he provided because the county-run site at the mall is not the only place the shots are available.
Shots for kids will be offered again in the former Best Buy store from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 7 p.m. next Tuesday. Appointments are required at vaccinateulster.com, and children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Federal regulators authorized the Pfizer vaccine for the 5-to-11 age group in late October.
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Here are the latest local COVID-19 statistics.
• Ulster County: 550 reported Thursday, up from 489 on Wednesday. The latest total is still lower than the recent peak of 698, reached Sept. 12, and far below the county’s pandemic high of 2,622, reached Jan. 30.
• Dutchess County: 565 reported Thursday, down from 581 Wednesday. Dutchess’ recent peak number of active cases was 878, on Aug. 29; its all-time high was 2,576, on Jan. 16.
Positive test rates
• Ulster County: 6.5%.
• Dutchess County: 3.3%.
• Ulster County: 20,226 confirmed cases, 19,383 recoveries, 293 deaths. (No new deaths reported Thursday).
• Dutchess County: 37,007 confirmed cases, 35,937 recoveries, 505 deaths. (No new deaths reported Thursday).
Data as of Wednesday, according to New York state’s online vaccine tracker.
• Ulster County: 67.5% of the population fully vaccinated, 74.8% with at least one dose of a two-dose regimen, 84.4% of the 18-and-older population with at least one dose.
• Dutchess County: 62.3% fully vaccinated, 69.8% with at least one dose of a two-dose regimen, 79.7% of the 18+ population with at least one dose.
In the schools
Here are the latest reports of COVID cases in area school districts.
• Kingston: One student each at Ernest C. Myer Elementary School and J. Watson Bailey Middle School; one staff member each at George Washington Elementary School and the high school.
• Ellenville: One high school staff member.
• Marlboro: One middle school student.
• New Paltz: One high school student.
• Onteora: One teacher at Phoenicia Elementary School.
• Pine Plains: One student each at the Cold Spring Early Learning Center and the high school.
• Red Hook: One student at Linden Avenue Middle School and one staff member at Mill Road Intermediate School.
• Rondout Valley: Two students at Marbletown Elementary school and one student at the junior high school.
• Saugerties: Two students at Cahill Elementary School, one staff member at Riccardi Elementary School, one student at the junior high school, one student and one staff member at the high school.
• Ulster BOCES: One teacher at the Special Education Center and one staff member at the Center for Innovative Teacher and Learning.
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