York Students Can Now Get Free Vaccines

“Quite a few students have come to get their vaccines while taking care of their
upcoming year.”
–Sharon Hawkins,
Student wellness
Specialist, York College service center

BY TRONE DOWD

York is doing something special for students starting their collegiate careers this semester.

Starting this month, the school is giving free vaccines to new students. The inoculations are for a number of diseases, including Measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, influenza, tetanus and HPV and will be offered to limited students under the age of 26. As long as students can provide a student ID, an immunization card and parental consent if under 18, they are eligible. The effort is meant to help students who are starting this semester, but may not have had their vaccinations needed to legally attend college.

Freshman college student will no longer need to report to their own doctors for mandatory inoculations. (Photo by Marissa Collado)

Freshman college student will no longer need to report to their own doctors for mandatory inoculations. (Photo by Marissa Collado)

“In order for you to go to school, public health law section 2165 says that you need to have two MMR’s, two measles, two mumps and rubella shots, or show immunity to these diseases,” Sharon Hawkins, the student wellness specialist of York’s health service center said. “In order to assist the students who may not have it for one reason or another, whether they’re international students or come from another state only have one of the two required shots, we can help their eligibility of going to school and getting an education. We have these clinics to help alleviate that burden.”

The previously mentioned public health law, which is enforced specifically by New York State, was put into place in the mid 1900’s, requires all students born after 1956 to provide proof of vaccination unless exempt due to religious reasons. Previously, students who need vaccines would have to find a way to get them through their own doctors. With it now available on campus, it allows students to get more done while getting themselves situated for the upcoming semester. Hawkins also said that the immunizations are useful for students going into the allied sciences.

“Students studying occupational therapy, nursing, medical technology and other professions in the allied sciences will need these vaccines for their college careers in the future. Many of these students will be interning and working in hospitals which will require these vaccinations.”

Hawkins’ says that the vaccines have been quite popular on campus too.

“Quite a few students have come to get their vaccines while taking care of their financial aid and schedules for the upcoming year,” Hawkins said.

The vaccines will be continuing into the first week of September with follow-up clinics scheduled throughout the fall semester.

“There is a time frame by which everything must be completed from the day school starts,” Hawkins said. “We have follow up clinics in case it’s someone’s first vaccines and they need the second vaccines which is administered 28 days after the fact.”

Reach Trone Dowd at (718) 357-7400 x123, tdowd@queenspress.com or @theloniusly on social media.

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