Orange County health officials make COVID-19 vaccination house calls

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus, right, speaks with Ramona Fagundo, a resident at Hudson Pointe on Friday

NEWBURG H – Orange County’s top health department officials made house calls to senior residents in the City of Newburgh on Friday.

Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman and Director of Nursing Heather Boss administered doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to residents at the Joseph A. Fogarty High Pointe and Hudson Pointe Apartments.

Gelman was accompanied at the High Pointe apartments by County Executive Steven Neuhaus. Sheriff Carl DuBois went with her at the Fogarty complex.

On Friday, the county also administered approximately 1,175 second dose Pfizer vaccines to residents in collaboration with Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital at the SUNY Orange Newburgh campus.

In total, the county administered more than 5,500 first and second doses, holding three clinics at Hatfield Lane in Goshen.

Neuhaus said the county health department has inoculated over 30,000 residents since the state COVID-19 vaccination rollout began in January.

“As the state increases its supply of vaccines, more mobile options will be incorporated into our distribution plan,” said Dr. Gelman. “The health department’s goal remains to curb the spread of the disease while increasing access to vaccination throughout our county, to ensure health equity for all residents.”