The Niagara County Department of Health will participate in the 20th Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games this Saturday and Sunday at the Niagara County Fairgrounds in Lockport. COVID-19 vaccine will be offered each day.
“We have seen an increase in the number of individuals seeking vaccination to satisfy work and school requirements,” Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton said. “We are hopeful that festival attendees take advantage of this convenient opportunity to get vaccinated and protect themselves, their family, and their community.”
In an effort to accommodate as many preferences as possible, the following vaccines will be available:
√ Johnson & Johnson (ages 18 years and older) – single dose
√ Moderna (ages 18 years and older) – third and second dose, plus booster dose for individuals moderately to severely immunocompromised
√ Pfizer (ages 12 years and older) – third and second dose, plus booster dose for individuals moderately to severely immunocompromised
“Although we encourage people to visit our website to register in advance, walk-ins are welcome,” said Tracy Fricano Chalmers, director of public health planning and emergency preparedness. “The registration links for the Celtic Festival and other upcoming vaccination clinics are available on our website at https://www.niagaracounty.com/health/Vaccine.”
Niagara County will also provide a breastfeeding and baby changing station at the Celtic Festival.
“Providing a cool and quiet space for breastfeeding mothers and babies, as well as an accessible changing area for all parents and children, supports the health and wellbeing of our community,” Stapleton said.
The breastfeeding station has a temperature-controlled refrigerator for mothers to store breastmilk, a sink for washing hands, power outlets for expressing breastmilk, and air conditioning.
A dual changing station is available to all families, separate from the private breastfeeding area. Mothers are welcome to nurse their children under the shade of the blue trailer, and NCDOH encourages the public to visit the station to learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby.
Festival attendees can look for an easily recognizable blue trailer located next to the fairgrounds brick administration building in Fiddler’s Green.
For more information about the festival, including tickets, volunteering and the daily schedules, visit www.NiagaraCeltic.com.