Governor Hochul Announces New Efforts to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations and Prepare for Booster Shots

125 Free Tickets to Governors Ball Music Festival For Individuals Who Get Their First Vaccine Dose at a #VaxtoSchool Pop-Up Location

EMTs to Be Authorized to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine, Adding More Than 2,000 Vaccinators Back into State’s Vaccination Program

Allows 50,000 Basic EMTs to Receive Training to Help Increase New York’s Vaccination Rate

State Continues Outreach to Local Health Departments That Can Help Identify Vaccination Sites and Encourage Participation in Booster Shot Program

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced new efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and prepare for booster shots upon FDA approval. To continue to support vaccinating school-aged New Yorkers, one hundred twenty-five free tickets to the upcoming Governors Ball Music Festival are available to individuals who receive their first vaccine dose at a #VaxtoSchool pop-up location through this new incentive program.

The Governor has directed the State Department of Health to authorize basic emergency medical technicians to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. This immediately adds more than 2,000 fully trained vaccinators back into the State’s program. An additional 50,000 basic EMTs will be able to receive the required training in order to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses.

“More than four in five adult New Yorkers have gotten at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, and while we are significantly outpacing most other states with our high vaccination rate, the fact remains that those who are still unvaccinated are significantly more likely to experience severe symptoms and end up hospitalized,” Governor Hochul said. “The vaccine works, but only if we take it, and that is why we are using creative incentives for people who still need to get their shot and putting in place the necessary offense to beat back the virus once more.”

Full press release is available here.