Get a COVID vaccine for ages 5 to 11? You could win a scholarship to SUNY, CUNY
New York's will raffle off 50 full scholarships to any New York public college or university for children age 5 to 11 as part of the state's push to get more kids vaccinated, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday.
The announcement came as Hochul noted New York was receiving more than 700,000 pediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine, with plans to soon obtain more doses for the entire 1.5 million New Yorkers in the age group.
The "vaccinate, educate, graduate" vaccine incentive scholarship is part of a five-week public outreach campaign, running through Dec. 19, Hochul said. It will award the scholarships to any campuses within the State University of New York or City University of New York systems.
Parents or legal guardians of any New Yorker who is 5 to 11 years of age and who has received at least their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine may enter their child into the drawing.
The winners will receive a full-ride scholarships (including tuition, fees, room and board, and expenses) to any two-year or four-year New York state public college or university, according to the campaign website.
For further details about entering the drawing, visit the governor.ny.gov, or call 1-833-697-4829 to enter.
Hochul described it as a great vaccine incentive program that will help parents and guardians deliver two of the great gifts they can provide for their children.
"One is the gift of good health, and that’s what they’ll get when you get them vaccinated, and secondly the shot at getting this full-ride scholarship," she said during a media briefing at Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center.
Hochul also announced that 65% of the more than 700 school districts statewide are planning to host vaccination clinics at or near school buildings for the 5-to-11 age group in the coming weeks.
The Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as New York State's Clinical Advisory Task Force.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine — with 1/3 of the dosage that is given to adolescents and adults — was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children 5 through 11 years of age.
Further, the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials reported no serious side effects in the age group, though the safety trials of about 5,000 children were not large enough to identify rare side effects, USA TODAY reported.
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