BATH, N.Y. (WENY) -- Starting Thursday, Sept. 15th, the Steuben County Public Health Department is expanding its hours for people to get up to date on immunizations. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., people can come into the Public Health Department in Bath to receive routine immunization, including meningitis, HPV, polio, and others needed for school. 

“What that allows our nurses to do is look at their immunization records," Wagner said, adding, "If someone calls in for a specific vaccine, we can make sure they are protected, they're covered for school, or whatever reason they are calling in to get vaccinated.” 

Public Health Education Coordinator, Lorelei Wagner, says the additional hours will help people stay on track with their immunizations, helping those who fell out of daily routines before COVID.  

Vaccines and routine immunization rates went down due to the pandemic and with kids back in the classroom the Wagner’s hope is expanded hours will increase immunization rates.  

“We did see a decline in people getting immunizations throughout COVID because if you weren't sick, you didn't want to go to the doctor,” Wagner said. “Now, getting back to normal, we're having extra opportunities so that it allows for expanded options.”  

In addition to the extra hours, people can schedule COVID vaccinations with the Health Department. Availability is twice a month on the second Wednesday and fourth Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Steuben Co. Public Health Office at 607-664-2438. Appointments for immunizations are required.