New York will begin rolling out more than 120 vans and pop-up vaccination sites around the state in an effort to boost vaccinations among school kids as students and teachers return to the classroom.
The effort announced Tuesday by Gov. Kathy Hochul is part of her administration's "vax to school" program, and comes as children younger than 12 may soon qualify for the COVID-19 vaccination in the coming weeks.
"Parents, protect your kids, this is the combination of their seat belt, their bike helmet, their car seat, everyhting you would do to naturally help your child," Hochul said.
The mobile vaccination program is expected to run through the fall, Hochul said. The plan is to target areas and communities in the state with low vaccination rates.
Hochul wants to make the vans visible, and normalize the COVID vaccination like any other required shot for kids before they enter a classroom.
"Let's get parental consent forms into the hands of parents," she said.
Pfizer on Monday announced its vaccination was found to be effective in children ages 5 to 11.