With new cases on the rise, "student days" aim to vaccinate before school year.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced that upcoming student vaccination days with Northwell Health at the Kennedy Park pod in Hempstead. Nassau County continues to lead New York across all demographic groups including young people and this initiative aims to build on that progress by getting more residents 12 and older vaccinated before the upcoming school year.
“To continue to defeat this pandemic, we need as many people as possible to roll up their sleeves – especially young people. As County Executive, one of my main priorities has been keeping our economy and our schools open. We have made great progress fighting this virus, but the vaccine is our pathway to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and keep our County fully open. That is why we are encouraging our young people to get vaccinated with special upcoming student vaccination days in partnership with Northwell Health,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran
“Northwell has administered about 550,000 doses to date. We have vaccinated people throughout Long Island, New York City and Westchester,” said Michael Dowling, Northwell Health president and CEO. “We will be at Kennedy Memorial Park in Hempstead all of next week. Please bring your unvaccinated, eligible children down. School might be far from the minds of parents, teachers and kids – but we are only about six weeks away from the start of the school year, so right now is when we need to be vaccinating kids to get them ready for the 2021-22 year. Let’s stop any chance of a COVID-19 spread in schools this September.
“As Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Hempstead, I have continually encouraged our residents to get vaccinated. As we look forward to the beginning of the school year it is equally important to make sure that our children and teachers are safe as well. I hope that our community will take advantage of this opportunity to get our young people vaccinated and remain safe and healthy. We are looking to a new school year with new possibilities and we do not want COVID to stop our progress, “ said Village of Hempstead Mayor Waylyn Hobbs Jr.
Nassau County has one of the highest rates of vaccination across demographic groups. The County continues to over-perform State and National vaccination rates among Adults, Youth, Seniors (65+), as well as among Black and Latino residents. 81% of adults are vaccinated and 96% of seniors are vaccinated. Nassau County in partnership with Northwell Health will host "Student Days," to vaccinate eligible students against COVID-19 before the new school year. The event will be utilizing Pfizer and residents 12+ will be eligible.
Nassau County and Northwell Health will be hosting the 5-day event from July 27 to July 31.
Appointments can be made online here. Walk ins will be accepted. Kennedy Park is located at 335 Greenwich St, Hempstead, NY 11550