Gov. Hochul announces pop-up sites as part of Vax to School campaign to combat COVID-19
Gov. Kathy Hochul says 120 pop-up vaccination sites will be arriving across New York to combat the growing number of students being infected with COVID-19.
The Vax to School campaign will take place over a 12-week period in a push to get more eligible students, staff and teachers vaccinated.
"I cannot imagine the regret a parent would feel if they kept their child unvaccinated and the child gets sick or worse," Hochul says. "I'm going to guess as a mom that's the kind of guilt you do not want to live with."
Currently, the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for those 12 and older. Pfizer recently released a report saying that its vaccine is also effective in 5–11-year-olds, and it plans to submit its data to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization.
Initial locations will be in New York City and upstate. Long Island locations are expected to be announced soon.
School administrators say the campaign could pay off.
"When you're exposed and you're fully vaccinated it keeps you from needing to quarantine, which then allows for students and staff to remain in school, so that's a plus," says Julie Lutz, COO of Eastern Suffolk BOCES.
In addition to helping more students and school staff get vaccinated, Hochul says the pop-up sites are also meant to encourage all New Yorkers to get the shot.
The governor also says she will consider everything, including mandating vaccines for students, if things do not start improving.