New York Governor Announces 39 New VaxForKids Sites

New York (STL.News) Governor Kathy Hochul today announced 39 new #VaxForKids pop-up sites to increase vaccination rates among children and adolescents.  Governor Hochul and the State’s Department of Health continue to urge parents and guardians to ensure their children get fully vaccinated and boosted when eligible.

“Our #VaxForKids program and other community-based vaccination efforts have been enormously successful, and as a result New York State continues to lead the way on vaccinations, including for young New Yorkers,” Governor Hochul said.  “I want to thank all of our partners and the parents, guardians, and kids who stepped up to get vaccinated.  This effort has made our communities, our schools, and our families safer.”

The State launched the #VaxForKids campaign to increase vaccination rates among New York children 5 – 11 and provide booster doses for eligible adolescents 12 – 17, furthering the Governor’s commitment to making the health and well-being of children, families and school communities a top priority.  On Jan. 19, Governor Hochul announced 80 sites would take place over a six-week period.  At the conclusion of the six weeks, 261 sites have been established — far surpassing this goal.  Events were hosted in 32 counties, 72 schools, and 105 zip codes, spanning every region of the state.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said, “The Department of Health, along with our community-based partners, established 261 #VaxForKids sites in just six weeks – reaching every corner of the State.  These sites are conveniently located at schools, family destinations, and trusted community spaces like public libraries and fire departments – helping more parents and guardians confidently make the decision to get their children vaccinated. Parents and guardians, make sure your kids are vaccinated and up to date with all recommended doses.  Kids can catch COVID-19 and develop severe disease, and vaccination remains their best protection against the virus and its variants.”

A community-based medical professional will be available at each site to answer any questions parents and guardians may have.  The full list of #VaxForKids sites is available here.

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