Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

October 18, 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


Gift Card incentive for youth ages 12-17 who receive Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

NEW CITY, NY, - The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces a collaboration with Governor Hochul's #VaxToSchool initiative by bringing it to the upcoming Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 clinics. The program's goal is to get more young people vaccinated to further curb the spread of COVID-19 and make schools safer. #VaxtoSchool campaign includes promotional material and a new Instagram channel @VaccinateNY aimed at educating school-aged New Yorkers and their families about the importance of COVID-19 vaccination. Every child aged 12-17 who lives in New York State and gets their Pfizer COVID-19 shot at our Health Department clinics, starting on October 19, will receive a gift card after each shot (while supplies last).

Upcoming RCDOH Comirnaty/Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination clinics:

Robert L. Yeager Health Center, Building A (50 Sanatorium Road, Pomona 10970)

  • Tuesday, October 19, from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday. October 27, from 3:00 pm -7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 3, from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 9, from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Palisades Center (1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack 10994)

  • Sunday, October 24, from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (1st Floor in Front of H&M)
  • Sunday, November 14, from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (1st Floor, Kay Jewelers Court, near Best Buy)

Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center (110 Bethune Blvd, Spring Valley 10977)

  • Monday, November 1, from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

To make an appointment at the RCDOH visit, Appointments are strongly encouraged. You may walk into any clinic; no appointment is necessary; however, there may be a wait. 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. Children 12-17 are currently only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Children younger than 12 are not yet eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

"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. While children are less likely to suffer serious illness from COVID-19, they remain at risk for spreading the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends every child 12 or older receive the vaccine. I urge all eligible children 12 years of age and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19, so we can get back to a safe classroom experience while protecting their health and the health of other students, teachers, and staff in our schools," said County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is also available at other locations; visit the New York State Am I Eligible webpage or to find a vaccine near you. You can also check your local pharmacy's website to see if vaccination walk-ins or appointments are available. 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).

To learn more about COVID-19 Vaccines for School-Aged New Yorkers and the NY #VaxtoSchool campaign, visit