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Roughly 10 volunteers helped out at the Thursday, Nov. 18, COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School in Pine Plains. Photo submitted

Vaccine clinic a success at Stissing Mountain

PINE PLAINS — The county held a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School on Route 199 in Pine Plains on Thursday, Nov. 18, from 3 to 6 p.m., with great success.

About 10 volunteers managed to give nearly 250 doses to area residents ranging in ages 15 to 90, of both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, according to Pine Plains Pharmacy owner and pharmacist Nasir Mahmood, who helped run the clinic.

Mahmood said, “These included boosters, first and second doses,” adding that “our next clinic will be pediatric, for ages 5 through 11 on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the high school cafeteria between 3 and 6 p.m.”

The longtime pharmacist, who has been working hard to ensure local residents gets vaccinated against COVID-19 since it hit the U.S. nearly two years ago, said last week’s clinic was another shining example of cooperation.

“The clinic went very well and smooth, mainly due to our volunteers who never fail to show up on a single call,” he said. “Our community is an excellent example of being informed, protecting themselves and the neighbors willing to work together for a safer community. We are happy to work with the state and the county in getting most citizens vaccinated. The Pine Plains community is very pleased with these efforts.”

Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved COVID vaccinations for children, Mahmood has been busy planning for local youth to get inoculated against the respiratory virus.

“We are seeing more and more parents eager to vaccinate their children,” he said. “Last week, Pine Plains Pharmacy vaccinated about 160 5- to 11-year -old children in Millbrook. We are sure this number will be exceeded at our upcoming [Pine Plains] clinic for children on Tuesday… We are also thankful to our school superintendent, Dr. Martin Handler and staff for providing the space and assistance.”

For more information, call the Pine Plains Pharmacy at 518-398-5588. Stissing Mountain High School is located at 2829 Church St. (Route 199); for more details, call 518-398-7181.

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