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Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2021
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                 Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512

CALLING ALL COLLEGE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS: DO YOUR PART TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

Get your vaccine to help keep your college campus and community safe

NEW CITY, NY, Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert urge college and graduate students to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the school year begins.

Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at the Rockland County Department of Health:

  • 3 – 7 PM, Wednesday, July 21 – Pfizer Vaccine – Ages 12+ with Parent or Guardian
  • 1 – 4 PM, Thursday, July 22 – Moderna Vaccine – Ages 18+

Visit http://rcklnd.us/covid19 to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at the Rockland County Department of Health. Walk-ins at vaccine clinics are welcome and will be registered on-site.

Vaccines are the best way to keep college students from getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Until an individual is fully vaccinated, they should wear a well-fitting mask over their mouth and nose indoors and stay 6 feet from others to slow the spread of COVID-19. Check with your college institution for vaccination requirements and COVID-19 protocols.

Parents can help students get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before they return to campus. While preparing for back-to-school and college, it is also a perfect time to ensure eligible students are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Both SUNY and CUNY schools and many more private colleges require students to get vaccinated for all in-person classes beginning with the fall 2021 semester. The COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the variants of concern, such as the Delta variant. Those who are unvaccinated have the greatest risk of becoming seriously ill.

"With these new infectious variants circulating, we see more young people getting sick and hospitalized with COVID-19. Getting the vaccine is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself, your friends and family, your college campus, and your community. Take the opportunity now to prepare for a successful and healthy return to school," said Rockland County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.

Anyone age 12 and older can visit http://rcklnd.us/covid19 to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at the Rockland County Department of Health. Walk-ins at vaccine clinics are welcome and will be registered on-site. Any 12–17-year-old receiving the vaccine must arrive with a parent or guardian who will sign a consent form. The parent or guardian must show some form of personal identification, such as a driver's license.

If you have health insurance, please bring your benefit card with you. The vaccine is free; however, the health department can collect an administrative fee from insurance plans. All are welcome regardless of immigration status.

The vaccines offered at the Rockland County Department of Health clinics are the Pfizer-BioNTech (ages 12+) and Moderna (ages 18+) vaccines. Both use mRNA technology which continues to prove to be safe and effective. These vaccines are an essential public health tool that protects people from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19 and may also help those around you.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires you to get a second dose 21 days/3 weeks after your first dose. The Moderna vaccine requires you to get a second dose 28 days/4 weeks after your first dose. You will be given an appointment for your second dose, or you may go anywhere the same vaccine you received is offered.

Visit the New York State Am I Eligible webpage or Vaccines.gov to find a vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) near you. For questions, more information, or if you need assistance scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, call 845-238-1956 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday (except holidays).

For more information on young adults and COVID-19 vaccines visit: https://bit.ly/3eet3wP, https://www.cuny.edu/coronavirus/, and https://www.suny.edu/knowyourvax/.