Communities for Immunity

This month we are delighted to announce that we are participating in a nationwide program called "Communities for Immunity" to help promote vaccinations and reduce vaccine hesitancy. As part of this program we will be hosting a pop-up vaccination clinic, presenting a series of lectures and discussions, and offering free giveaways! Everyone who comes to our clinic for a vaccine, attends a lecture, or visits the Museum and shows proof of vaccination between November 13 and November 20 will receive a free tote bag filled with gifts!

Be sure to mark your calendars to stop in for your shot or booster, and read on to learn about our different events.


Saturday, November 20, 12-2 pm - Vaccination Pop-Up Clinic

Come by the Museum between 12 and 2 for your vaccine!  We will have first, second, and booster shots available for all three vaccine options.  We will also have flu shots!  Walk-ins are welcome, but we encourage you to sign up ahead of time using the form below.  You can also save time by filling out this form and bringing it with you.  Please also be sure to bring your Medicare ID card if you are over 65, and bring your vaccine ID card if this is your second or booster dose. COVID vaccines provided by Lindsey Drug and flu shots by Marra's Pharmacy.

Thursday, November 11, 7-8 pm - Communities in a Pandemic:  Successes and Challenges

This online discussion will feature several distinguished guests discussing how different communities have dealt with the pandemic and vaccination, including problems such as barriers to access and the spread of misinformation.  Our panelists will include:   Leanne Howe, Director of the Institute of Native American Studies at the University of Georgia, and Francis Sengabo, Operations Director of the Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus in Albany.  You can register for this Zoom event here.

Friday, November 15, 7-8pm - History in a Pandemic:  Great Hunger Refugees and Disease

Dr. Karen Sonnelitter, Assistant Professor of History at Siena College, will give a lecture about "Irish fever" and the widespread fear of refugees and immigrants as disease carriers during the mass immigration following the Great Hunger. During the Great Hunger in Ireland, the majority of deaths were attributed to epidemic diseases such as typhus fever and dysentery. Dr. Sonnelitter will discuss the relationship between the famine and the wave of epidemic diseases that struck Ireland in this period.

November 30, 7pm - Science in a Pandemic:  From the Lab to the Community

This event will cover immunology, public health, ethics, and more and as the panelists discuss scientific challenges and contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our panelists include four professors from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences:  Dr. Barry DeCoster, who specializes in philosophy and bioethics; Dr. Margaret Doll, professor of epidemiology; Dr. Wendy M. Parker, who focuses on health disparities; and Dr. Michelle A. Parent, who specializes in immunology and microbiology. You can register for this Zoom event here.



Communities for Immunity is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, visit