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Albany County executive pushes teens, young adults to get vaccinated

Sam Hesler
Created: April 08, 2021 02:54 PM

All New Yorkers 16 and older can now sign up to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and Albany County health officials are continuing their calls for this younger age group to roll up their sleeves.

With the summer months quickly approaching, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says it's critical for younger adults to stay vigilant and get vaccinated.

In the last two months, McCoy says new positive cases for people between the ages of 10 and 19, and also for those in their 20s, rose by at least 23%

In order to try to reach this group, the county partnered with colleges like Siena College and Russell Sage to distribute 1,200 shots to students this week, and they're looking to partner with Saint Rose next week.

The county will be partnering with Crestwood Pharmacy on Saturday to host their first high school pod at Bethlehem High School, and he says the county will also be reaching out to other superintendents moving forward.

Just as a reminder to parents, 16 and 17-year-olds can only get the Pfizer vaccine, and McCoy says parents will need to be with their child during the appointment or teens must have a signed note from their parent or guardian.

With the amount of vaccine coming out over the next few months, he says there's really no excuses.

Learn when McCoy says the county hopes to be done with their vaccination pods by watching the video of Sam Hesler's story.

MORE INFORMATION: New York State Coronavirus Dashboard (for a breakdown of coronavirus in each county.) | Vaccine Tracker

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