Hochul announces $65M for COVID booster programs

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Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 10:16 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2021 at 4:22 PM EDT
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WCAX) - Governor Kathy Hochul wants to make it easier for New Yorkers to get a COVID booster shot.

During a briefing in Buffalo Tuesday, Hochul emphasized the need for those who need a booster, to get one to protect themselves against the powerful delta variant.

She is using $65 million to help communities set up booster shot clinics. “You figure it out. You know your communities better than anybody. Tell me how to take it literally door to door, after church, at senior centers, drive through, you know all the options you’ve been there before. Boosters are just as important because as much as I’m an optimist and we all thought we would be turning the page on anything pandemic by this time we have not, the battle rages and we need to fight back,” Hochul said.

The governor says the school year will begin with a mask mandate, but is asking more people to get vaccinated. She says she will ease restrictions county by county depending on the number of COVID cases.

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