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COVID-19: New vaccine pop-ups designed to fight winter surge


Mon, Dec 20th 2021 11:20 am

State is responding to requests from counties for assistance in targeting communities with low vaccine rates

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the deployment of more than 40 new pop-up vaccination sites across New York to fight the winter surge and rapidly spreading coronavirus omicron variant.

These sites are part of a multiweek effort, in partnership with local county health departments and community partners, to build on the state's outreach efforts to get all New Yorkers fully vaccinated and boosted.

"The winter surge is in full force, but we are not defenseless. We have the tools to fight this virus and its variants: Get vaccinated, get the booster and wear a mask," Hochul said. "We will continue working with local partners to make vaccines, boosters and testing widely available as soon possible so that all New Yorkers can protect themselves and their loved ones."

Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said, "I am urging everyone to get fully vaccinated and boosted now, ahead of the holidays, as it is our best defense against the virus and its variants. By making a plan to visit one of these pop-ups that is convenient for you and your family, you are helping to keep your family and all New Yorkers safe. Remember, we should all prepare for the holidays by doing everything we can to keep the most vulnerable in our families and communities safe."

Pop-ups in Erie County include:

√ Pfizer-BioNTech 5+, Pfizer-BioNTech Booster, Janssen/J&J

Dec. 21: The Belle Center, 104 Maryland St., Buffalo (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Dec. 22: Delavan Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan Ave., Buffalo (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Hochul and the state's Department of Health encouraged all New Yorkers to follow and share with others “this important information for healthy holiday gatherings”:

√ All New Yorkers 5 and older should get fully vaccinated.

√ All New Yorkers 18 and older who are two months past the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or six months past the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna initial vaccine series should get their booster dose.

√ All New Yorkers 16-17 who are six months past their completed Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine series should get their booster dose.

√ All New Yorkers 6 months and older should also get their flu shot.

√ New Yorkers should get tested after traveling and before seeing family.

√ All travelers, domestic and international, should continue to follow all CDC travel requirements.

√ New Yorkers who don't feel well should stay home

√ Wear masks in public indoor spaces and wash hands regularly.

Visit here for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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