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Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 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

COVID-19 VACCINE AVAILABLE FOR AGES 12+ AT PALISADES CENTER

NEW CITY, NY, - The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be given on Sunday, July 18, 2021, from 1:00PM-3:00PM at the Palisades Center on the 1st floor in front of H&M (1000 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack, NY 10994). Anyone age 12 and older can visit http://rcklnd.us/covid19 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are encouraged but not necessary. Walk-ins 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 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine uses mRNA technology which continues to prove to be safe and effective for individuals 12+. This vaccine is an important public health tool that protects people from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19 and may also help those around you.

"We had 21 individuals who received their 1st dose at the last vaccine pop-up clinic we held at the Palisades Center. The Palisades Center is a great place to reach families with tweens and teens while they are out and about shopping for back-to-school supplies and preparing for college. Both SUNY and CUNY schools and many 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. Getting the vaccine is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself, your friends and family, and your community," said County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.

"We are grateful to continue to partner with the Rockland County Department of Health in a continuing effort to keep our employees, tenants, guests, and community safe," said Darrin Houseman, General Manager at Palisades Center. "We encourage everyone at Palisades Center to take advantage of this convenient opportunity so we can start the summer season healthy and strong."

"Thank you to the Palisades Center for hosting a second clinic and helping spread the word to all of the businesses, their employees and shoppers about this opportunity. Our Department of Health is providing easy access to these lifesaving vaccines and will continue to do so as we work to get more Rocklanders vaccinated," said County Executive Ed Day.

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

Vaccine clinics are available at the Rockland County Department of Health in Pomona; visit http://rcklnd.us/covid19 for upcoming scheduled clinics. Visit the New York State Am I Eligible webpage or Vaccines.gov to find a vaccine 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).