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Governor Hochul launches 'Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate' incentive for children 5 to 11

November 10, 2021

During a COVID-19 briefing on November 9, Governor Kathy Hochul announced new efforts to support vaccinating 5 to 11 year olds, including the launch of a new vaccine incentive program - "Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate" - for young New Yorkers.

Parents and guardians of children ages 5 through 11 who receive their first vaccine dose by December 19 can enter the State's incentive program for a chance for their child to win a full scholarship to any two- or four-year SUNY or CUNY college or university; the scholarship includes tuition, room, and board.

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Ten winners will be announced each week beginning November 24, with a total of 50 winners being selected over the five-week period.

"Finally, the COVID-19 vaccine is here for young New Yorkers age 5 through 11, "Governor Hochul said. "Our critical work to make the vaccine accessible and available to all eligible children and their families is underway - and we will creatively support and celebrate those who get vaccinated. The 'Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate' program is an extraordinary opportunity for children to win free tuition to a SUNY or CUNY college or university, and I urge parents and guardians to help their children get vaccinated and enter into this once-in-a-lifetime program." 

Full details: Click here to read more on governor.ny.gov.