Gov. Kathy Hochul is relaunching the #VaxtoSchool campaign statewide to increase student COVID-19 vaccination rates ahead of the 2022-2023 school year.
The governor aims to have every child aged 6 months to 13 years old get at least one vaccination by the first day of school this year.
Hochul said the state is partnering with SOMOS. SOMOS is a physician-led network of more than 2,500 of her physicians who treat patients in low-income communities with the lowest vaccination coverage.
“The only way the virus can replicate is by preying on unvaccinated people,” says Dr. Juan Tapia, a pediatrician at SOMOS. “Over the past decade, more than a million Americans have died from the resurgence of infectious diseases we thought we could eradicate, including malaria, yellow fever, polio and COVID-19.”
The campaign will not only facilitate access to vaccines, but also provide information and resources for children and their families, Hochul said.
The reopening comes ahead of the state’s fall action plan to provide 3 million COVID-19 tests to schools statewide.
There are several 5-and-under vaccination centers throughout the district, making it quick and easy to get your young children vaccinated.