Prepare Your Holiday Turkey Correctly to Avoid Foodborne Illness
The Westchester County Department of Health encourages residents to make sure that Thanksgiving memories are pleasant ones by carefully preparing their turkeys to eliminate any disease-causing bacteria. Turkey is a naturally high-risk food which often comes into the home carrying a variety of organisms, such as salmonella, that could cause holiday guests to become ill.  That is why it is extremely important that you know how to prepare and cook your turkey correctly.

FREE Rabies Clinic for Dogs, Cats and Ferrets 
The Health Department, in conjuction with Paws Crossed Animal Rescue, will be offering free rabies vaccination to dogs, cats, and ferrets of Westchester County residents on Saturday, December 10, 2022. Advanced registration needed. Learn more.

Food Allergy Restaurant Safety Law 
The Westchester County Board of Legislators has enacted a “Food Allergy Restaurant Safety” Law that became effective November 9, 2022. The new law requires food service establishments to post the "Food Allergy Restaurant Safety Posters," in English and Spanish, both in the front of the establishment so the sign is visible to customers and in the back of the establishment, so it is visible to food handlers. View the law and to download the posters.

Community Vaccination Clinic for Flu Vaccine and COVID-19 Bivalent Booster 
Vaccines are FREE and No Health Insurance Required
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022
Location: Yonkers Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Crt
Hours: 2 PM - 6:30 PM 

Schedule a Flu Vaccine (ages 3 years and older) 
Schedule a COVID-19 Bivalent Booster (ages 12 and over)
Schedule a COVID-19 Pediatric Bivalent Booster (ages 5-11 years old)
COVID-19 Primary Series:
Schedule a Pfizer First Dose Vaccination (ages 5 and over)
Schedule a Pfizer Second Dose Vaccination (ages 5 and over)

Community Vaccination Clinic for Flu Vaccine and COVID-19 Bivalent Booster 
Vaccines are FREE and No Health Insurance Required
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2022
Location: New Rochelle Boys and Girls Club, Mascaro Clubhouse - Gym Entrance
79 7th Street, New Rochelle, NY
Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 PM 
Schedule a Flu Vaccine (Ages 3 years and over)
Schedule a COVID-19 Bivalent Booster (Ages 12 and over)
Schedule a COVID-19 Pediatric Bivalent Booster (Ages 5-11 only)
COVID-19 Primary Series:
Schedule a First Dose Pfizer Vaccine (Ages 5 years and older)
Schedlue a Second Dose Pfizer Vaccine (Ages 5 years and older)

WCDH White Plains Vaccination Clinic
Appointments are required. Walk-ins will not be accepted. 
Date: Fridays
Location: 134 Court Street
Hours: 9 AM to 3 PM

Schedule a Flu Vaccine (Ages 3 years and over)
Schedule a COVID-19 Bivalent Booster (Moderna and Pfizer) (Ages 12 and over)
Schedule a COVID-19 Pediatric Bivalent Booster  (Ages 5-11 only)
COVID-19 Primary Series:
Schedule a First Dose Pfizer Vaccine (Ages 5 years and older)
Schedule a Second Dose Pfizer Vaccine (Ages 5 years and older)
Schedule a Third Dose Pfizer Vaccine (Immunocompromised)

Schedule a First Dose Pediatric Moderna Vaccine (Ages 6 Months to 5 years)
Schedule a First Dose Moderna Vaccine (Ages 6 to 11)
Schedule a First Dose Moderna Vaccine (Ages 12 and over)
Schedule a Second Dose Pediatric Moderna Vaccine (Ages 6 Months to 5 years)
Schedule a Second Dose Moderna Vaccine (Ages 6 to 11)
Schedule a Second Dose Moderna Vaccine (Ages 12 and over)
Schedule a Third Dose Moderna Vaccine (Immunocompromised)

Schedule a Johnson & Johnson Vaccine (Ages 18 and over)

Community Vaccination Clinic for Flu Vaccine and COVID-19 Bivalent Booster 
Vaccines are FREE and No Health Insurance Required
Date: Thursday, December 14, 2022
Location: New Rochelle Boys and Girls Club, Mascaro Clubhouse - Gym Entrance
79 7th Street, New Rochelle, NY
Hours: 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 PM 
Schedule a Flu Vaccine (ages 3 years and older)
Schedule a COVID-19 Bivalent Booster (ages 12 and over)
Schedule a COVID-19 Pediatric Bivalent Booster (ages 5-11 years old)
COVID-19 Primary Series:
Schedule a Pfizer First Dose vaccination (ages 5 and over)
Schedule a Pfizer Second Dose Vaccination (ages 5 and over)

Community Vaccination Clinic for Flu Vaccine and COVID-19 Bivalent Booster
Vaccines are FREE and No Health Insurance Required
Date: Thursday, December 22, 2022
Location: Yonkers Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Crt
Hours: 2 PM - 6:30 PM 
Schedule a Flu Vaccine (ages 3 years and older)
Schedule a COVID-19 Bivalent Booster (ages 12 and over)
Schedule a COVID-19 Pediatric Bivalent Booster (ages 5-11 years old)
COVID-19 Primary Series:
Schedule a Pfizer First Dose Vaccination (ages 5 and over)
Schedule a Pfizer Second Dose Vaccination (ages 5 and over)

COVID-19 and Flu Resources
Vaccination Clinic Registration and Information (Ages 6 months and up)
Testing and Treatment Information
Quarantine and Isolation Guidance 
WCDH Coronavirus Updates (school resources, data and more)
Find your COVID-19 community levels (low, medium, or high), and prevention steps to take based on the latest CDC data.

Monkeypox Vaccine Clinics on Wednesdays at 134 Court Street, White Plains. Appointments are required.
According to new NYSDOH guidance, statewide vaccine eligibility has expanded to now include all individuals (anyone of any sexual orientation or gender identity) at risk of becoming infected with Monkeypox . Exposure includes the following:

  • Individuals with recent exposure to a suspected or confirmed monkeypox case within the past 14 days.
  • Those at high risk of a recent exposure to monkeypox, including gay men and members of the bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming community and other communities of men who have sex with men and who have engaged in intimate or skin-to-skin contact with others in the past 14 days areas where monkeypox is spreading.
  • Individuals who have had skin-to-skin contact with someone in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity, including men who have sex with men who meet partners through an online website, digital application ("app"), or social event, such as a bar or party.
  • Any individual that may be at risk of future exposure to infection with monkeypox, even though they are not at high risk of a recent exposure to monkeypox.

If you meet the guidance outlined above, you are eligible to register for a
       - 1st dose monkeypox vaccination (WCDH White Plains Clinic)
       - 2nd dose monkeypox vaccination (WCDH White Plains Clinic)
If appointments are unavailable, please check back regularly as more clinics will be added. 

Find out What to Expect After Your Monkeypox Vaccine.

Monkeypox Vaccine appointments are also available at:
       - Westchester Medical Center, 15 Oval Connector, Valhalla, NY 10595
         Monday through Friday from 9 am - 5 pm, appointment required.
         Call (914) 326-2060 to schedule an appointment.

       - Use the Monkeypox Vaccine Locator Tool to find other sites offering the vaccine in your area.

Monkeypox is a rare viral illness that does not usually cause serious illness, but can result in hospitalization or death. Monkeypox typically begins with a flu-like illness and swelling of the lymph nodes and progresses to a rash on the face and body. Most infections last two to four weeks. The current outbreak appears to have spread through human-to-human contact. Transmission can occur through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores, or through prolonged exposure to respiratory droplets. Because of this, transmission may also occur through sexual contact. More information can be found on the WCDH Monkeypox Information web page.

COVID-19 Treatment is Available
Oral antiviral medications are available for treatment of COVID-19 and have been proven to decrease hospitalization for those that are at risk for severe disease. When given soon after a positive diagnosis, these antivirals also help fight infection and shorten recovery time. All treatments require a prescription and those who test COVID-19 positive should talk to their health care provider.

Westchester County residents who test positive and do not have a health care provider, regardless of income or health insurance coverage, are eligible to be evaluated for treatment by calling 888-TREAT-NY (888-873-2869) or completing an evaluation at the NYS COVID-19 ExpressCare Therapeutics Access website, which includes a telemedicine visit. The Hotline is available 24-hours per day, seven days a week and operated by experienced Health + Hospitals professionals who have the clinical training to prescribe treatment and referrals if needed.