Vaccination numbers waning in Fulton County

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County’s COVID-19 vaccination numbers are waning, county Public Health Director Lauren Headwell recently told the Board of Supervisors’ Human Services Committee.

“Vaccinations are starting to dwindle,” Headwell told the committee.

She said the last POD of vaccinations held at Fulton-Montgomery Community College on May 27 resulted in only 10 people receiving doses.

Vaccinations are now taking place at other locations, such as the health department on Route 29.

“FMCC was wonderful to work with us,” she said.

Headwell said the county Public Health Department has been working with the Johnstown-based Community Health Center to vaccinate the “homebound population” of Fulton County. She said her agency is also working with ADK Health & Wellness of Malta, which is helping to vaccinate persons 12 and older.

“They brought the Pfizer vaccine,” she said,

Headwell said that school clinics are requiring parental consent.

“We’re also trying to do it at schools,” she said.

Through Thursday’s numbers of the state vaccine tracker website, Fulton County has just 41.4 percent of its population with at least one vaccine dose and 50.1 percent of its 18-and-older population with one dose. Only Tioga and Alleghany counties have a lower percentage of their 18-and-older population vaccinated.

In regular committee action, Headwell requested and received authorization for an agreement with the state Department of Health to accept funding for the administration of the Early Intervention Program for the period of October 2020 to September 2021.

“This grant was delayed by the state Department of Health,” Headwell said.

She said the $27,894 grant covers a program that is mandated by the state.

The committee also passed a proposed resolution to award bids for the Children with Handicapping Conditions Transportation Program for the 2021-22 school year. The low bidder for the most of the 10 routes was STA/Brown Transportation. The per bus, per route costs were in the range of $405 to $425.

“There really aren’t any other transporters in our region” than Brown, said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

By Paul Wager