Albany County COVID update, April 12

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — With every New Yorker over the age of 16 now eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine, Albany County is looking to prioritize getting more shots in the arms of students.

The county is expecting just over 3,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week, the only shot approved for those 16 and older.

With thousands of Pfizer shots coming in, the county is pushing to get more high schoolers vaccinated.

It comes after hundreds of teenagers were vaccinated over the weekend during a pod at Bethlehem High School. After the success of that effort, the county will also explore setting up future pods in other districts.

During a press conference Monday, Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen says she will make sure her children get the vaccine, as she stresses the importance of the effort as more students rejoin the classroom.

“Just so you know that it is something that I feel comfortable vaccinating my own children. I have been vaccinated myself, my elderly relatives have been vaccinated, many of my family members have been vaccinated,” Whalen says.

The county is reminding parents that those under the age of 18 can only get an appointment for the Pfizer vaccine.

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