Kingston, NY (NEWS10) – The first lottery for the Ulster County Vax to School Scholarship was held last week. Pat Ryan County Executive announced Saturday that sophomore Amani Green at Kingston High School has won a two-year scholarship to SUNY Ulster.
Green entered the lottery when she was vaccinated against COVID-19 during the Vax to School District program last fall. Green, an Honor Roll student, hopes to study nursing and become the first college graduate in her family.
“I would like to thank SUNY Ulster and the Ulster Community College Foundation for their partnership in galvanizing what we know is the clearest path to keeping our schools and businesses safely open: COVID-19 vaccination,” said District Executive Director Pat Ryan. I would also like to congratulate Amani Green, and appreciate her courage and leadership in choosing a vaccination. We are proud of Amani, and excited to support her as she pursues her dream of serving her community as a nurse.”
Last fall, County Executive Ryan announced a partnership between the Ulster County Department of Health, the New York State Department of Health, SUNY Ulster, and all nine Ulster County public school districts. Part of the statewide Vax to School initiative, vaccination PODs were conducted by the Ulster County Health Department at every Ulster County high school on designated weekends during October and November 2021 in an effort to increase vaccination rates between the 12-17 age group general. Currently, 75.4% of individuals aged 12 to 17 years have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Ryan County Superintendent announced this week that the second round of the Vax to School program will begin for Ulster County residents next week. The Ulster County Department of Health will provide COVID vaccines for children aged 5-11 years, as well as a series of vaccines and boosters for children over 12 years of age in primary and secondary schools around Ulster County.
The schedule for Vax to School POD for Kids and 12+ Vaccines and Boosters is as follows:
- January 25, 4:30 – 7 p.m., Kerhonkson Primary School, 30 Academic Street, Kerhonkson
- January 27, 3:30 – 6 p.m., Rondout Valley High School, 122 Kyserike Rd, Accord
- January 31, 4-6 p.m., Grande de Mors Primary School, 70 Harry Wells Rd., Saugertes
- February 1, 3:30 – 6 pm, Phenicia Primary School, 11 Ln School, Phenicia
- February 3, 3:30 – 6 p.m., Marlborough High School, 50 Cross Road, Marlborough
- February 7th, 4-6pm, Mount Marion Elementary, 744 Glasgow Turnpike, Suggerties
“The nine Ulster and BOCES public school districts in Ulster and Ulster BOCES are excited to continue their enthusiastic support for the District Executive’s Fax to School District program. This is a win-win situation; Ulster BOCES District Director Dr Charles Khoury said: “Our goal has been and remains to do whatever it takes to keep our schools going. Open to personal education while protecting the health and safety of the more than 24,000 students and thousands of teachers and staff who go beyond our borders every day. We encourage parents and caregivers of eligible students to seriously consider taking advantage of this program. This program will take us on the path to achieving the goal of continuous and uninterrupted personal education for all.”
Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine has been expanded. Children ages 5-11 may now receive the Pfizer series of children’s vaccines, and those ages 12-17 may receive a Pfizer booster, in addition to the Pfizer series of vaccines. Eligibility to win a two-year scholarship during the second round of the Vax to School Lottery will reflect that expanded eligibility, and anyone 5-17 years old can enter to win by filling out an on-site lottery ticket at the Department of Health’s Best Buy POD, in either Vax to School PODs, or by filling out the district’s new online form, if vaccinated by a pediatrician, physician, or pharmacist.
Vaccination appointments are available at VaccinateUlster.com.
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