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Children, 5 to 11, can get the vaccine now and win a scholarship to college

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Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 5:30 PM EST
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(WBNG) -- The Broome County Health Department announced it is offering COVID-19 vaccinations for children between the ages of 5 and 11.

The Health Department said vaccinations will be made available at various schools in the county. Parents are asked to contact their child’s school for information.

Additionally, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that children in this age group that do receive the vaccine can be entered to win a full scholarship to any New York public university or college. You can go to this link for more information.

Children will need a least one dose of the vaccine by Dec. 19 to qualify. There will be 10 winners per week for five weeks with the first winners announced on Nov. 24. A full drawing schedule will be made available here.

Vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 were made available Tuesday.

The Food & Drug Administration approved vaccination for children in that age group on Nov. 2. It was approved hours after a Centers for Disease Control & Prevention advisory panel unanimously decided the Pfizer vaccine should be given to 5 to 11-year-olds.

Meanwhile, Hochul announced that 75% of New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.