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Rensselaer County officials today provided an update on vaccination efforts and results in the county, and noted that cases continue to increase slightly in the county.

Both County Executive Steve McLaughlin and Public Health Director Mary Fran Wachunas said the county is continuing efforts to make vaccinations available to residents in a convenient and accessible way during the summer months.

“We want residents to know we are watching the new COVID-19 cases closely. We are continuing to advise residents to be careful, not fearful, and to recognize there are convenient ways to be vaccinated,” said McLaughlin.

“Getting vaccinated in Rensselaer County is an easy process. The county has a Vax Bus at events across the county, a partnership with Stewart’s Shops for vaccination clinics, and twice-weekly clinics right at our Health Department,” said Wachunas.

The county’s vaccination rates are as follows:

For 18 years and older, 71.9 percent have received one dose; 67.6 percent are fully vaccinated.

For 65 years and older, 90.2 percent have received one dose; 85.5 percent are fully vaccinated.

For ages 12 years and older, 70.2 percent have received one dose; 65.8 percent are fully vaccinated.

Since July 7, the county has been tracking new COVID-19 cases in vaccinated persons. Approximately 70 percent of the new cases of COVID-19 have occurred in non-vaccinated residents. Approximately 30 percent of the new cases of COVID-19 have occurred in vaccinated residents.

“What we do see is that when a vaccinated person acquires COVID-19, in many cases symptoms are reduced and hospitalizations are less frequent. As cases have increased in recent days, we have seen hospitalizations remain low, which we attribute to vaccinations,” said Wachunas.

The county will be partnering with Stewart’s Shops for pop-up vaccinations clinics at the following dates and locations:

Wednesday 7/28 9-112th St., Troy

Tuesday 8/3 110 Hoosick St., Troy

Thursday 8/12 10 Sweetmilk Creek Rd., Troy

Tuesday 8/24 3516 USRoute20, Nassau

Vaccinations will be available throughout this week. The county Vax Bus, a partnership between the county and CDTA, will be at the ValleyCats game on Thursday, Troy Night Out on Friday, and the Powers Park concert on Saturday. The county Health Department offers vaccinations Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the department, located on the second floor of the County Office Building, 1600 7th Avenue, downtown Troy.