Albany Co. school leaders: Getting high schoolers vaccinated 'critical' to herd immunity

Sam Hesler
Updated: May 03, 2021 04:34 PM
Created: May 03, 2021 02:11 PM

Albany County is laser focused on vaccinating high school students.

This is a big priority to Albany County health officials and local superintendents.

Right now, 41% of county residents have been fully vaccinated. Getting this younger population vaccinated is critical to building that herd immunity.

As NewsChannel 13 been reporting. The county has been partnering with many schools in the area to set up vaccine clinics, including

Albany City Schools and the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk District. Both superintendents say they've received a lot of support from parents, and that getting students vaccinated is essential to getting back to that normal classroom setting they are used to.

In fact, the superintendent of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk District, Dr. Brian Bailey, says already having a large number of staff vaccinated has been really helpful in the sense of not having to quarantine as many people when there is a positive case in school.

As they continue to work to get students vaccinated, both Bailey and Albany Superintendent Kaweeda Adams superintendents are now looking at how they can incentivize students and encourage parents to sign up their teens.

Learn what superintendents are doing to try and increase vaccinations among students by watching the video of Sam Hesler's story.

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