(July 26, 2022 at 2:15pm)

QUEENS, NY – To answer questions and address concerns that parents may have about getting their children inoculated against COVID-19, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. will hold a Virtual Info Session on COVID-19 vaccinations for children under 5 years old on Thursday, July 28 at 6pm via Zoom.

Co-sponsored by NYC Council Committee on Health Chair Lynn Schulman and NYC Council Committee on General Welfare Chair Diana Ayala, the Virtual Info Session will include a breakdown of the latest information on the safety, side effects and availability of the COVID-19 vaccines for young children. Leading the discussion will be NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Assistant Commissioner of Health Equity Dr. Olusimbo Ige and Dr. Hector Florimon of SOMOS Community Care.

“As a father, there is nothing more important to me than my son’s safety, so I understand the uncertainty that some Queens parents are feeling when it comes to getting their young children vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “As Queens Borough President, I’m proud to connect these parents with medical experts who will be able to address their concerns as we work to ensure as many of our children as possible are inoculated against this vicious disease, which has already claimed the lives of more than 10,000 Queens residents. I encourage all parents of young children to attend our Virtual Info Session and learn about the positive impacts of protecting them against COVID-19.”

More than 2.1 million Queens residents have received at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while a city-leading 86 percent of borough residents — nearly 1.95 million people — have completed their primary vaccine series. According to the New York State Department of Health, however, just 2.5 percent of Queens residents under 5 years old have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot as of July 25.

Members of the public who are interested in participating in the Virtual Info Session are asked to register by visiting www.queensbp.org/RSVP. Zoom links will be sent to registrants on the day of the event.

Follow the Office of the Queens Borough President via @QnsBPRichards on Twitter and @QueensBPRichards on Facebook and Instagram