James Weatherup informs the public. Image from the Oswego County Government YouTube channel.
OSWEGO COUNTY — Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup briefed county residents in his biweekly video today. Today he discussed pediatric COVID-19 vaccines and National Hospice Month.
He kicked off the update by extending his condolences to the loved ones of the county’s residents who recently died from COVID-19.
Weatherup also said the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the province has risen significantly, and the increase in cases is also affecting the province’s youth. He said there have been 67 new positive cases in children ages 5 to 11 in the past eight days, which is 12% of the new cases the province reported this week.
“I urge parents to get their children vaccinated,” Weatherup said.
The county is partnering with ConnextCare to provide pediatric vaccination clinics in county school districts. He said appointments are needed and districts have sent links to families to sign up. Families can also call their district or the Oswego County COVID-19 hotline to register.
Learn more about the ConnextCare pediatric vaccine clinics here.
“Help us protect those who are ineligible for the vaccine and at greater risk of hospitalization and death,” Weatherup said. “If you qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine but have not been vaccinated, I urge you to take your chance.”
For information about the provincial vaccine clinic, click here.
He said that while families and communities traditionally gather in November to give thanks, this month, National Hospice Month, he also wants to show appreciation for caregivers. In the US, nearly 1.5 million people with life-limiting illnesses are cared for by hospices. They help patients and their families focus on life and create meaningful moments.
Weatherup encourages residents to learn more about hospice care and make the most of their time with loved ones by participating in local activities. The county’s tourist tip of the week is to visit www.visitoswegocounty.com to see what activities families and friends can participate in.