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Vaccination officials see high numbers in UE student vaccination clinic turn-out

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Union Endicott

UNION-ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- Friday, students at Union -Endicott High School were able to get their COVID-19 vaccination through a school-run clinic.

But the Tigers are not the first high school in the region to offer the vaccine to students.

Officials say many local high schools have partnered with the Broome County Department of Health to get students access to available vaccinations.

The idea behind the partnership is to try to get as many students vaccinated as possible before the end of the school year celebrations to make things like Graduation and Prom safer for everyone involved.

COVID Response Coordinator Shannon Gillette told 12 News that students are showing the desire to be vaccinated.

"The response has shown us that the students are interested, and they want to do what they can to bring back as much typically experiences as they can," Gillette says.

Officials say they were impressed by the number of students that showed up at the UE vaccination clinic, as more than two times the anticipated number of students officials were expecting at the clinic came for a vaccination.

As previously stated, all students must be at least 16 years old and parental consent was mandatory for all students choosing to be vaccinated at this clinic.

Officials say the second dose clinic for these students will take place on May 21.

Abigail Lane

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