(WBNG) -- It's unlikely your child will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before returning to school this fall.
Broome County Health Department Director Rebecca Kaufman told 12 News Wednesday any vaccine issued via an Emergency Use Authorization cannot be mandated. She said this means a vaccine would have to be fully approved by the FDA before schools can mandate it.
The New York State Department of Health requires all children, from day care through high school, to have at least five vaccinations, in addition to others depending on your age. There are no religious or personal exemptions around these required vaccines, only medical ones.
Broome County Executive Jason Garnar did say the more people vaccinated, the more likely things can return to normal. He said large scale events this summer like Spiedie Fest or DSGO are hard to imagine without more people vaccinated.
Beside just quality of life, Garnar said vaccinations will help people stay alive.
"First and foremost the lives of the people in Broome County, over 300 lives have been lost here, so I think with the vaccine, why it's important to get vaccinated, first and foremost it will absolutely save lives," he said Wednesday.
Garnar said efforts continue to vaccinate people who are homebound throughout the county.