CDTA, Schenectady County and MVP Health Care Continue Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Program

June 03, 2021
Vaccine

Partnership Aims to Increase Vaccine Accessibility Throughout Schenectady County

Schenectady, NY (June 3, 2021) CDTA, Schenectady County and MVP Health Care announced that their partnership to bring COVID-19 vaccines to neighborhoods in Schenectady County with lower than County average vaccination rates will continue throughout the month of June. The one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available at predetermined locations throughout the County every Thursday during June 2021. The CDTA trolley will stop at a pair of key locations to further efforts that have resulted in more than 100 vaccinations since its launch in mid-May.

“As a community, we have made great strides towards ending the pandemic, but we still have more work to do,” said Christopher Del Vecchio, MVP Health Care’s President and CEO. “Bringing the vaccine to underserved communities and meeting people where they are, is more important than ever. We need to work together to overcome vaccine accessibility barriers and we are proud to partner with SCPHS and CDTA to do so.”

While Schenectady County is one of the top counties in New York State for adult vaccination, specific zip codes are showing lower than average vaccination levels. To incentivize the community to do their part to end the pandemic, every community member who gets a vaccine during these PODs, will receive a voucher for a free scoop of ice cream from Stewart’s Shops while supplies last and will be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card from MVP Health Care.

"Making vaccines accessible to the community is crucial at this point in the pandemic," said Schenectady County Legislator Sara Mae Pratt. "We know from the County's experience at community sites and faith communities that people are much more likely to get vaccinated if it is available in locations they are familiar and comfortable with. Schenectady County would like to thank MVP Health Care, CDTA and Stewart's Shops for helping us bring vaccines to more locations and residents throughout the County - especially to the areas where vaccination rates are the lowest." 

  “Connecting our communities to what matters in their life is at the core of what we do,” said CDTA CEO, Carm Basile. “Making sure our region has access to getting vaccinated is everyone’s responsibility. We are happy to partner with Schenectady County and MVP on this initiative. Together, we will end this pandemic.”

Dates and locations of the first five PODs are as follows:

Date

Location

Address

Time

  • 6/3/21
  • 6/10/21
  • 6/17/21
  • 6/24/21 

SICM Food Pantry

837-839 Albany Street, Schenectady, NY

11:30am-2:00pm

  • 6/3/21
  • 6/10/21
  • 6/17/21
  • 6/24/21 
Islamic Center of Schenectady (Parking Lot) 89 N. Brandywine Ave., Schenectady, NY

3:00pm-5:30pm

To find additional dates and times of when and where the CDTA trolley, MVP Health Care, and SCPHS will be with the vaccines visit www.schenectadycounty.com/COVID19/vaccine. Staff from Schenectady County Public Health Services will also conduct street-level outreach to business and other neighborhood hubs to make the community aware of the times and locations of these pop-up vaccination clinics.