New York will be raffling 50 FULL four-year scholarships to teens who receive a Pfizer vaccine before July
New York State will raffle 50 full-ride scholarships to public colleges and universities in an effort to encourage teens to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo said that all residents aged 12 to 17 who receive their first Pfizer-BioNTech injection will participate in a raffle for the next six weeks.
Adolescents are selected every week on Wednesday through July 7th to win one of 10 full four-year scholarships to a State University of New York (SUNY) or City University of New York (CUNY) school for a total of 50.
The scholarships cover not only tuition, which ranges from $ 4,800 to $ 7,070 per year, but also tuition and room and board, which can go up to $ 14,110.
This means that any teen who gets the coronavirus shot can win scholarships with a total profit of $ 91,680.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo said New York will raffle 50 full scholarships to public colleges and universities for vaccinated 12 to 17 year olds
Every teen who gets a chance through July 7 will enter a raffle to win one of 10 scholarships every week to a State University of New York or City University of New York School. Pictured: Eleanor, Palmer (center), 14, holds her best friend’s hand as she gets the Pfizer vaccine, May 14
Cuomo said at the press conference that 12 to 17-year-olds make up five percent of all COVID-19 tests performed in New York, but 10 percent of the positivity rate.
It’s also the age group in the state with the lowest rate fully vaccinated at 8.7 percent.
While 16- and 17-year-olds have been able to receive the Pfizer shot since its rollout in 2020, 12- to 15-year-olds were not approved to receive the shot until May 10.
“It’s an incentive for students aged 12 to 17 who plan to attend college,” Cuomo told reporters.
‘It is a small population, so your chances are good, because only the young population has been vaccinated. Once you get your vaccine, go to a website, enter your information, and from then on, we’ll make a random draw every Wednesday.
People who have gotten the vaccine before are more likely to win because they qualify for each draw every week. It’s not just for those people who get it that week. ‘
Health department data suggests that teens in New York make up 5% of all COVID-19 tests done in the state, but 10% of the positivity rate
Cuomo said only 8.7% of this age group are fully vaccinated because the Pfizer injection was not approved for 12 to 15-year-olds until May 10.
Pfizer’s Phase III clinical trial enrolled approximately 2,200 teens in the US, compared to 40,000 for the study ages 16 and older.
Half of the group received two doses of the vaccine three weeks apart and the other half received two placebo injections.
A total of 18 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the placebo group, while no cases were reported in the vaccine group.
This means that the vaccine was 100 percent safe and effective in 12-15 year olds, according to the researchers.
In addition, the side effects were similar to those in the larger trial in 16 to 25 year olds, including injection site pain, fatigue, fever, and headache.
However, despite the promising results, many parents are unenthusiastic about vaccinating their children.
In a recent pollconducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, parents were asked if they would like to have their child immunized once a COVID-19 vaccine is approved and available for their child’s age group.
Only about three in ten parents – 29 percent – of children under the age of 18 said they would get their child vaccinated ‘right away’.
The poll also found that 15 percent only plan to vaccinate their children if required by the school and 19 percent said their child will definitely not be vaccinated.
What’s more, although children can contract COVID-19 and pass the disease on to others, they usually don’t get very sick.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 3.94 million children have tested positive for the virus, but make up only 0.1 percent of all deaths.