Governor Hochul Urges Vaccination Readiness Ahead of School Year

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Albany, NY (WNY News Now) – Governor Kathy Hochul emphasizes the significance of National Immunization Awareness Month, urging parents to ensure children’s vaccination updates before school reopens. The push also extends to preparing for an upcoming COVID-19 vaccine variant release amid rising case counts.

Governor Kathy Hochul marked National Immunization Awareness Month by underlining the importance of up-to-date vaccinations for students returning to school. The Governor joined forces with the New York State Department of Health to encourage citizens to anticipate the forthcoming COVID-19 vaccine tailored to counter new variants, expected to be available in medical settings this autumn.

Highlighting the pivotal role vaccinations play in averting disease transmission and safeguarding individuals from severe health consequences, Dr. James McDonald, New York State Health Commissioner, emphasized the significance of personal protection and wellness. He urged parents, guardians, and pediatricians to collaboratively ensure school-age children adhere to the requisite immunization regimen, particularly before resuming in-person education.

In alignment with state regulations, all students attending daycare and pre-K through 12th grade must adhere to the mandated vaccine schedule to access or continue their education. Although the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t obligatory for school attendance, Governor Hochul and the Health Department advocate for staying up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations as a preventive measure.

In addition to addressing childhood immunizations, National Immunization Awareness Month serves as a reminder for individuals of all ages to prioritize routine vaccinations.

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