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PHOTO RELEASE: Maloney Leads Push to Get Hesitant Putnam County Residents Vaccinated

Jun 3, 2021
Press Release

PHOTO RELEASE: Maloney Leads Push to Get Hesitant Putnam County Residents Vaccinated   

Newburgh, NY – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) joined Putnam County Legislator Nancy Montgomery, Philipstown Supervisor Richard Shea, Drug World Chief Operating Officer Mark Snyder, and Putnam County Health Department Officials at the Philipstown Recreation Department vaccine distribution site in Garrison, NY. This is the third stop on the Congressman’s vaccine awareness tour and part of his ongoing effort to combat vaccine hesitancy. 

“Putnam County has done a stand-up job getting so many folks vaccinated in the last few months. Nearly 70% of the population ages 18 and up have at least one shot. That’s good progress, but we’ve got more work to do to reach herd immunity,” said Rep. Maloney. “From this point on, we have to work harder for each vaccine. We need to redouble outreach in communities with low levels of trust in government and combat misinformation and fake news wherever it appears. That’s why we are standing here today, outside this Johnson and Johnson one-shot, walk-in vaccine center. I encourage every single resident to get to a vaccination site near you because this vaccine is safe, it is free, and it will save your life.” 

“For six months, The Putnam County Department of Health through mass vaccination PODs, along with the efforts of local providers and pharmacies, have helped ensure that all Putnam County residents have easy access to vaccines. Now with nearly 50% of Putnam County with completed vaccination series, and less demand for mass events, the vaccine efforts have begun to shift toward office-based healthcare providers. We are proud of the tremendous efforts of our local health department, the dedicated volunteers, and community partners in all they have done to help us get vaccinated and get back to life,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell

“I thank Congressman Maloney for uniting local leaders. This isn’t about politics – it’s about keeping everyone safe,” said Putnam County Legislator Nancy Montgomery. “Over the past few months, we’ve worked hard to debunk myths about vaccine effectiveness and to increase access in underserved communities. I’m happy that our vaccination rate reflects that, but we have more work to ahead to ensure a strong come back for Putman County and America.”

Currently, Putnam County slightly outpaces the statewide vaccination rate with 58% of the total population having received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to 55.2%. However, the consensus among public health experts is that the county will not reach herd immunity until at least 70% percent of the total population is immunized, and COVID-19 vaccine sites continue to see a steady decline in those who are willing to be vaccinated. As supply of the vaccine outstrips demand, it is imperative to focus outreach on undervaccinated communities and encourage every New Yorker to get their shot. 

Rep. Maloney recognizes vaccine hesitancy as the major roadblock to New York and the county at large achieving herd immunity. He is visiting communities and partnering with local leaders and organizations in his district to promote the safety and efficiency of vaccines. Previously, he has held events in Orange County and Dutchess County. 

Photos from the event below and linked here in high resolution. Live video from the event can be found on Rep. Maloney’s Facebook page:

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