Rensselaer County will hold a community vaccination clinic this Saturday at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, County Executive Steve McLaughlin, Public Health Director Mary Fran Wachunas and members of the County Legislature announced today.

The clinic will be held in the Rensselaer County Building on the fairgrounds and offers the Pfizer vaccine for first doses. The clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-registration is appreciated, but walk-ins will be welcome for the clinic.

The clinic on Saturday will be the seventh community vaccination clinic sponsored by Rensselaer County. The county has sponsored community clinics at Bethel Baptist Church in Troy, in Stephentown, Rensselaer, Hoosick, the Taylor Apartments in Troy and in Nassau.

“We are committed to making vaccines available to everyone in Rensselaer County, and are working to bring vaccines into every corner of the county. This is a convenient and safe way to get vaccinated, and help get things reopened without further delay,” said McLaughlin.

The Fair has been held for over 200 years, but was cancelled last year due to COVID-19. The Fair is set to return during Labor Day Weekend and other agricultural and community events are planned at the fairgrounds for this coming weekend.

“The Fair is a great tradition in Rensselaer County, and the scheduling of the Fair for 2021 and hosting a vaccination clinic show we are on the road back,” added McLaughlin.

“Rensselaer County is trying hard to make getting vaccinated easy and accessible for everyone. Thanks to County Executive McLaughlin, the County Health Department, and all of the volunteers that make these vaccination clinics run smoothly. This clinic in Schaghticoke is very convenient for residents in northern Rensselaer County, and I urge everyone who hasn’t been vaccinated to take advantage of this opportunity”, said Legislator Dan Casale.

Along with the community vaccination clinics, the county operates the main POD (Point Of Distribution) at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy for first and second doses of vaccines.