Ul­ster County aims to ease flu vac­cine ac­cess for pub­lic em­ploy­ees

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES - By Pa­tri­cia Doxsey pdoxsey@free­manon­line.com pat­ti­at­free­man on Twit­ter

Ul­ster County could spend roughly $9,000 this flu sea­son to make sure its em­ploy­ees are vac­ci­nated.

The county Leg­is­la­ture’s Ways and Means Com­mit­tee on Thurs­day passed a res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the county to spend $8,997 so its em­ploy­ees can get the in­oc­u­la­tions at their work­place.

In the past, the county has con­tracted with third-party health care providers to pro­vide vac­cines for county em­ploy­ees. This year, how­ever, the county is pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity for em­ploy­ees to get vac­ci­nated on county prop­erty.

The idea is the brain­child of Kingston Demo­crat Peter Loughran, who said he hoped that by mak­ing it con­ve­nient, more county em­ploy­ees will get vac­ci­nated.

He said the plan al­ready had proved to be a suc­cess, with more em­ploy­ees than an­tic­i­pated sign­ing up to get the vac­ci­na­tions on the job.

Leg­is­la­ture Chair­man Ken Ronk called the plan a “great idea.”

“Any­thing that makes it eas­ier to get a vac­cine is a good idea. I’m glad that Leg­is­la­tor Loughran brought this for­ward,” said Ronk, RWal­lkill.

Ac­cord­ing to the res­o­lu­tion, the Leg­is­la­ture “has a duty to make good health prac­tices as con­ve­nient as pos­si­ble for its work­force,” and pro­vid­ing on-site flu vac­ci­na­tions will help de­crease em­ployee ab­sen­teeism.

If ap­proved by the full Leg­is­la­ture on Tues­day, county em­ploy­ees will be able to get flu shots at the County Of­fice Build­ing in Up­town Kingston and other lo­ca­tions se­lected by the County Ex­ec­u­tive’s Of­fice.

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