The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is coordinating a series of COVID-19 vaccine clinics in January with five local cultural organizations, specifically for children and their families. These vaccine clinics will offer Pfizer coronavirus doses for children under 18 years old, and vaccine including boosters for eligible family members. Parents or guardians must preregister children under age 18 at www.erie.gov/vax or by calling 716-858-2929.
Participating organizations include Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum, the Buffalo Zoo, Roycroft Campus, The Buffalo History Museum and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens President/CEO David Swarts said, "We are happy to provide a peaceful and beautiful place to host this event. Partnering with Erie County on projects like this is important to us, and we hope our community will take advantage of this free clinic."
Explore & More CEO Michelle Urbanczyk said, “Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum is pleased that we can play a role in keeping the community and our children healthy. We provide resources throughout the year for families, and this is yet another resource by providing a free vaccine to children who need one.”
The Buffalo History Museum Executive Director Melissa Brown said, "The collaboration to provide these clinics demonstrates how local cultural organizations can work together for the greater good of our community, and we are pleased to help support this very important project.”
Roycroft Campus Executive Director Curt Maranto said, “Through the difficulties of the past two years, the people of Western New York have generously supported the historic Roycroft, so that we could survive the challenges of the pandemic. We are proud to partner with Erie County to give back to our community, by offering this opportunity to get their families and children vaccinated right here on the campus they stepped up to protect.”
Buffalo Zoo President and CEO Norah Fletchall said, “The Buffalo Zoo is proud to host this vaccine clinic in partnership with the Erie County Department of Health. We are grateful to Erie County for their tireless work during the pandemic, and thankful to the families who participate for doing their part to keep our community – including the Buffalo Zoo – safe.”
•Saturday, Jan. 15
√ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Buffalo Zoo: Participating families will receive a free family pass for two adults and two children for the Buffalo Zoo, and free parking on Jan. 15.
√ noon to 4 p.m., The Buffalo History Museum: Participating families will receive a gift bag with treats and activities for children.
•Saturday, Jan. 22
√ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum (Buffalo): Participating families will receive a free pass for Explore & More to be used on the same day or in the future.
√ noon to 4 p.m., Roycroft Campus (East Aurora): Families may participate in a book giveaway and print-making activities.
•Saturday, Jan. 29
√ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens: Participating families will receive a free family pass for four people on Jan. 29.
Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be automatically scheduled for participating children three weeks after each event at these same locations.