Oneida County and the Oneida Indian Nation are partnering to host an Oneida County vaccination distribution site on Friday, March 5th and Monday March 8th at the Turning Stone Event Center. Hours: Friday 3/5: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Monday 3/8: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
The vaccination distribution site will be managed and staffed by Oneida County Department of Health, which will handle registration for eligible Oneida County residents. Eligible county residents include those age 65 and older, medical workers, first responders, teachers and grocery and convenience store workers.
Oneida Indian Nation Homelands (March 3, 2021) – Oneida County and the Oneida Indian Nation announced today they will be partnering to host a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site. On Friday, March 5th and Monday, March 8th, Oneida County will set-up a vaccine point of distribution (POD) for eligible Oneida County residents in the 33,000 square foot Turning Stone Event Center.
The COVID-19 vaccine distribution site at Turning Stone will be operated by Oneida County Department of Health, which includes handling eligibility, registration, and administration of the vaccine. Eligibility for the vaccine includes Oneida County residents who are 65 years and older, medical workers, first responders, teachers, and grocery and convenience store workers. Residents interested in scheduling an appointment to receive the vaccine at Turning Stone should visit www.ocgov.net.
“This upcoming vaccination center is part of Oneida County’s continued efforts to protect and secure the safety of our residents, especially those most vulnerable,” added Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “We are glad to have trusted partners like the Oneida Indian Nation step up to the plate and work cooperatively with us so that we all arrive on the other side of this pandemic stronger and safer together.”
“Our Event Center has hosted many major events since opening, but it’s fair to say, none more important than this,” stated Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Turning Stone Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter. “Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente and county officials have worked tirelessly on behalf of our community from Day 1 of the pandemic. We’re pleased to be able do our part to help Oneida County get through these challenging times.”
Oneida County residents who have confirmed vaccine appointments at Turning Stone are instructed to park in the parking garage and will be required to follow the Oneida Indian Nation’s health and safety protocols, including mandatory face coverings, ID verification and screening before entering. Additional screeners will be available at the parking garage entrance on March 5th and March 8th to help expedite the process.
Joel Barkin, VP of Communications
About the Oneida Indian Nation
The Oneida Indian Nation is a federally recognized Indian nation in Central New York. A founding member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy), the Oneida Indian Nation sided with the Americans in the Revolutionary War and was thanked by Congress and President George Washington for its loyalty and assistance. Today, the Oneida Indian Nation consists of about 1,000 enrolled Members, most of them living in Central New York. The Nation’s enterprises, which employ more than 4,750 people, include Turning Stone Resort Casino, YBR Casino & Sports Book, Point Place Casino, The Lake House at Sylvan Beach, Maple Leaf Markets, SāvOn Convenience stores, RV Park and three marinas. Proceeds from these enterprises are used to rebuild the Nation’s economic base and provide essential services, including housing, health care, and education incentives and programs, to its Members.
For more information, visit www.OneidaIndianNation.com.