This past Saturday, there was a pop-up vaccination clinic here in Hudson, designated for the minority and underserved community. The clinic was conducted by New York State and took place at the Central Fire Station. It was one of twelve community-based pop-up clinics announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on March 4, which took place at various locations throughout the state. The clinic here in Hudson was organized by former Fourth Ward supervisor Bill Hughes.
One hundred residents registered for the clinic, and a reported 96 showed up to be vaccinated. Most of those vaccinated were from the Second and Fourth wards. The clinic was declared a success, but it seems to have put the noses of some elected officials out of joint. Aliya Schneider reported today in the Register-Star that Second Ward alderman Tiffany Garriga and Fourth Ward supervisor Linda Mussmann "criticized Hughes for not including them in the organization of an effort that targets their constituents": "Anger voiced over pop-up clinic."
What Gossips finds more interesting about Saturday's pop-up clinic is that it seems to have attracted a group of pandemic and vaccine naysayers from elsewhere in the county to Hudson. This trio of trucks bearing signs intended to inspire fear and doubt about the efficacy of the vaccine was sighted in a parking lot on Green Street in Hudson on Saturday, and Gossips has received reports that people were knocking on doors in the Second Ward warning residents against getting the vaccine.
|Photo: Lynda Akerman|
The source of this material is identified as www.doweneedthis.org. Gossips has learned that throughout the pandemic the group has been writing letters to the Columbia County Board of Supervisors questioning the need for the emergency response. In one of the letters that Gossips has seen, which was written in August 2020, they claimed that the mortality rate in Columbia County in 2020 was "entirely normal," arguing that "People are dying at a normal rate and at normal times of life." The letter suggested that the Board of Supervisors was "entering murky and vulnerable waters by declaring a health emergency without a sound basis." Among the information on the group's website is this: "5 questions to ask your friends who plan to get the Covid shot."
The image below in from the Do We Need This? website.