Albany County recommends returning to mask

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Due to the rising COVID-19 positivity rate, which is largely due to new variants, the Albany County Department of Health has issued an official public health advisory that strongly recommends all residents, regardless of vaccination status, wearing masks in indoor public spaces. In addition, they encourage residents to complete their primary COVID-19 vaccination series, be boosted when they are eligible, test when they are not feeling well, and to contact a health care provider after testing positive to discuss eligibility for treatments.

Residents can receive free COVID-19 vaccines, including booster shots, Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. 9 to 15 in the Albany County Department of Health, 175 Green Street. Apart from Wednesdays, there is a need for appointments, which can be made online. Anyone who is eligible to receive a booster dose and would like one from the Ministry of Health must show their vaccination card or Excelsior Pass to see formula type, lot number and vaccination date.

Albany County still provides pictures to resident residents, which include seniors, people with disabilities, and those with other accessibility issues. If you would like to schedule a home vaccine appointment, you can call the Department of Health at (518) 447-7198.

Residents who would like their shots from a state-run facility should use the state website or call the state vaccination hotline at 1 (833) 697-4829. For general information about the vaccine, residents can call the United Way of the Greater Capital Regions 2-1-1 hotline or send their zip code to 898-211.

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