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Hochul announces 23 new #VaxtoSchool pop-up sites


Wed, Oct 27th 2021 04:15 pm

114 sites created to date as part of effort to establish 120 sites statewide over 12 weeks to increase vaccination rates among school-aged New Yorkers

√ New sites announced weekly over a 12-week period; full list of sites updated weekly here

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced 23 new #VaxtoSchool pop-up vaccination sites to increase vaccination rates among school-aged New Yorkers.

On Sept. 21, she announced a total of 120 sites will take place over a 12-week period statewide. To date, 114 sites have been set up. The Department of Health is working with local county health departments, community-based organizations, and health care centers to support the establishment of these sites in all regions of the state. Partners, host sites and outreach efforts are tailored to the communities they are built to serve. New locations are established on a rolling basis in partnership with localities.

"Since launching the #VaxtoSchool program, 114 pop-up vaccination sites have been established so far – bringing the vaccine to more school-aged New Yorkers and their families," Hochul said. "In collaboration with a multitude of community-based partners on the ground, we are working together to increase vaccination rates among New York's eligible adolescents. To parents and guardians statewide, I urge you to ensure your child receives the COVID-19 vaccine – helping to keep them healthy and safe this school year."

A community-based medical professional will be available at each site to answer any questions parents and guardians of school-aged New Yorkers may have. As another tool to promote vaccinations and ensure access across New York communities, #VaxtoSchool buses – mobile vaccination efforts – are being launched in youth and school-centric areas statewide. This week, the #VaxtoSchool bus will be at the Gouverneur Community Center in North Country and the Wayne County Public Health site in the Finger Lakes region.

As of Oct. 26, 63.6% of 12- to 15-year-olds and 72.9% of 16- to 25-year-olds have received at least one vaccine dose.

The full list of #VaxtoSchool sites is available here and will be updated weekly over the 12-week period to include new sites when they are announced.

Newly established locations in Western New York include:

•Johnnie B Wiley Sports Pavilion

1100 Jefferson Ave., Buffalo

Open: Saturday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Vaccine types: Pfizer and Moderna

Event partner: Erie County

To register, visit http://www.erie.gov/vax

Incentive: Tops gift cards

•Orleans-Niagara BOCES Niagara Career and Technical Education Center

3181 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn

Open: Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Vaccine types: Pfizer-BioNTech and Janssen/J&J

Event partner: Niagara County

To register, visit


Incentive: Tops gift cards and Halloween treat bags

Children aged 12 to 17 can take the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which is available under emergency use authorization for children ages 12 to 15 and is fully approved for those age 16 and older. The other COVID-19 vaccines are not yet authorized or approved for this age group. Parents and guardians of a school-aged New Yorker can visit vaccines.gov, text a ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find a nearby vaccine location.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and school-aged children, New Yorkers can visit ny.gov/vaxtoschool or follow @VaccinateNY on Instagram.

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