Niagara County Department of Health Offers Children Incentives at Upcoming #VaxForKids Clinics

Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) continues to promote COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible individuals with vaccination of children ages 5 and older a top priority. Governor Hochul’s #VaxForKids campaign was launched in January to increase vaccination rates among New York children 5 - 11 and provide booster doses for eligible adolescents age 12 - 17, furthering the commitment to making the health and well-being of children, families and school communities a top priority.  Niagara County has been an active participant in this program since its inception.

The statewide vaccination rates among children continue to lag behind other age groups.  Based on most recent data, the % Population Vaccinated for 5 -11 year olds is: 29.8% (Niagara County), 38.4% (New York State); and for 12 – 17 years olds: 59.4% (Niagara County), 76.1% (New York State).  These rates are much lower than the % Population Vaccinated for individuals 18 and older: 79.3% (Niagara County), 95% (New York State).

In an effort to increase vaccination among children ages 5 -17, NCDOH will be providing gift cards as a “Thank You” to children that attend designated vaccination clinics. “Gift cards have been well received for other vaccination initiatives,” said Tracy Fricano Chalmers, Director of Public Health Planning and Emergency Preparedness, “and we are hopeful for similar success with this campaign. We have deliberately selected locations that promote fun family activities and support local businesses,” Ms. Fricano Chalmers continued.  Gift cards to Allie Brandt Bowling were provided at a recent clinic in Lockport, and upcoming clinics will feature gift certificates to Rainbow Roller Rink in North Tonawanda and Skateland Lockport.

“Vaccinating children will help protect them from getting COVID-19 and reduce their risk of severe disease, hospitalizations, or developing long-term COVID-19 complications,” said Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton. “COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free,” he added.  “I urge all parents and guardians to have their children vaccinated as soon as they are eligible, and to keep up on recommended additional doses,” Mr. Stapleton concluded.

COVID-19 First, Second, Third/Additional dose for immune compromised individuals, and boosters are available at all NCDOH Vaccination Clinics.  Seasonal Flu vaccine is also available. Registration is encouraged but not required.  Additional information regarding COVID-19 vaccination and all registration links are available on the NCDOH website at