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Partnership brings vaccine clinic to PHS Saturday


Poughkeepsie High School is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health and Spackenkill Union Free School District.

Woodstock pharmacist Neal Smoller, from Village Apothecary, has a goal to administer 20,000 COVID-19 shots through independent clinics in the region, most of them in Ulster County. But, he reached out to the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health about doing one in Dutchess County. The county reached out to the Poughkeepsie City School District and due to the proximity of and collegial relationship with the leadership of Spackenkill Union Free School District, an offer was extended for Spackenkill students to participate.

“The goal is to vaccinate 16- and 17-year-olds.” Dr. Timothy Wade, assistant superintendent of administrative services said. But, since parents must be present for a minor to be vaccinated, parents are encouraged to make an appointment and get vaccinated, too.

Information on the clinic is also being sent to every adult in the City of Poughkeepsie and to a list the health department maintains, Wade said. The clinic has 1,140 does of the Pfizer vaccine available. Register for an appointment at A valid ID (acceptable forms of identification are listed on the form) is required along with an insurance card. However, Wade said people who don’t have insurance are still able to get vaccinated.

An appointment for the second dose is automatically created for May 8.