NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — It is a joint effort to vaccinate 12-17 12 months olds in Niagara County. The Division of Well being has partnered with faculty districts to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics in colleges.
“We have now weekly conferences with the superintendents. I discuss with the superintendents virtually each day now,” Niagara County Public Well being Director Dan Stapleton mentioned.
“We’re a very good companion with the Niagara County Well being Division. They’ve been at our facet all through this whole pandemic whether or not it has been for testing, for telephone calls, contact tracing. Now, we’re at a special stage doing vaccinations. We need to put the clinics the place persons are,” Mark Laurrie, superintendent of the Niagara Falls Central Faculty District, mentioned.
Stapleton mentioned internet hosting clinics in colleges makes it simpler for these beneath 18 to get their COVID-19 vaccine dose.
“The dad or mum will meet them there. They’re allowed to come back out of sophistication stroll down the corridor and get vaccinated. If a toddler over 12 comes and so they haven’t got their dad or mum with them, we will name the dad or mum and get permission over the telephone,” Stapleton mentioned.
“No less than 70% of our Pfizer first doses are people which can be 12 to 17 years previous,” Elise Pignatora, Niagara County’s Director of Public Well being Planning and Emergency Preparedness, mentioned.
Laurrie mentioned it is particularly essential to get 12-17 12 months olds vaccinated for the return to the classroom within the fall.
“I do not suppose it is going to be a mandated factor, nevertheless it definitely helps us transition again. Our intention is to come back again full 5 days per week, all college students in class from Okay-12,” Laurrie mentioned.
Stapleton mentioned it may possibly additionally result in a traditional summer season.
“If folks need to go to live shows, need to go to sporting occasions, they need to associate with their households and now they’ll do this so long as they get vaccinated,” Stapleton mentioned.
Pignatora mentioned it is simpler than ever to get a dose.
“We attempt to empower folks to know there’s promotions corresponding to free little one care, free uber or lyft rides, and extra incentives to get folks vaccinated,” Pignatora mentioned.
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