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NCDOH to hold free rabies clinic

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Fri, Nov 6th 2020 09:05 am

Niagara County Department of Health free appointment-only/drive-thru rabies clinic at Amtrak Niagara Falls Train Station depot

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Niagara County Department of Health has instituted new safety protocols for its next scheduled rabies clinic. The event is to be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 14, at the City of Niagara Falls Train Station depot at 825 Depot Ave. West. Enter from Main Street.

“In order to maintain social-distancing and manage crowds that would typically arrive at a rabies clinic, certain new protocols are being established to protect both the workers and the public from possible asymptomatic (infectious, yet symptom-free) persons,” said Scott Ecker, associate supervisory public health sanitarian.

Pre-registration is required and will open at noon on Monday, Nov. 9. Once all appointment slots are filled, registration will close and no additional appoints will be accepted.

  • All persons must register for an appointment at https://www.niagaracounty.com/health/Services/Environmental-Health/Rabies/Rabies-Clinic.
  • A pre-registration form must be completed regarding each attendee’s pet’s information.
  • Proof of prior vaccination must be provided via email to qualify for a three-year vaccination, otherwise a one-year vaccination certificate will be provided.
  • Persons arriving by vehicle shall remain in vehicle while awaiting direction.
  • All persons must wear a facemask while at the clinic.
  • Full instructions may be found at the above-referenced appointment website.
  • Alternatively, one may call 716-439-7490 to have a staff member help with registration.

Public Health Director Dan Stapleton noted, “Department staff will be utilizing these measures to ensure community safety while still providing essential animal vaccination services for dogs, cats and ferrets.

“Animal rabies continues to be a serious public health concern in Niagara County. Rabies is a viral disease that nearly always results in death of the animal that is not adequately protected with a rabies vaccination. Ideally, a pet owner utilizes their veterinary office near them to receive these services. These rabies clinics are intended to bridge the gap for pet owners who have had difficulty scheduling a routine check-up for their pet with their veterinarian.”

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