New York Governor Kathy Hochul says the state is ramping up preparations to get children age 5 to 11 vaccinated against COVID-19 as federal regulators approve the shots for school-aged kids.


Hochul says over 370 providers across the state have pre-ordered 380,000 pediatric doses from the Department of Health and 350 school districts say they intend to hold vaccination events.  The Governor says districts have been asked to tell the State how they want to handle the vaccinations with options like pairing with local Health Departments, pharmacies, local doctors or school-based health centers.

The Governor, harkening to the long waits and frustration over booking appointments for the COVID-19 vaccines for adults when they were first approved, said she’s working to make sure the shots for school-age children are available in every region.

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The Democrat says, while she’s sure there will be an initial rush for the shots she’s been assured that there will be plenty of supply to meet demand.

The Governor also announced a new state coordinator for the vaccination effort. New York State Director of Epidemiology, Doctor Emily Lutterloh will head the effort to vaccinate children ages five to 11.

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