Suffolk County Has New Incentives To Get Kids Vaccinated Before Summer Camps

Can herd immunity ever be reached in our region? According to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, not without more young teens getting their shot.

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- There are some new incentives for teens to get vaccinated on Long Island. The camp Vaccine Initiative in Suffolk County is encouraging kids 12 and older to get vaccinated ahead of summer camp season. In return, they will get items like tickets to amusement parks and free ice cream cones.

Officials say that 70% of Suffolk County residents have received at least one shot, but only a quarter of 12 to 15-year-olds in New York have done the same.

- We want 2021 to look a lot more like 2019 and 2020. By having those staff members vaccine and kids at a 12 and up, then there's much less of a likelihood that we would have a situation.

- Suffolk County and other parts of the state are also planning on offering vaccination units to any summer camps that are interested.