County Executive George Latimer Gives Covid-19 Briefing

Latimer was joined by Mamaroneck Village Mayor Tom Murphy

 Latimer launched Westchester County’s campaign aimed to encourage youth to get vaccinated with New York Knicks Stars Obi Toppin & Immanuel “IQ” Quickley

 Latimer also marked Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Mental Health Awareness Month & International Firefighters Day

View full press briefing here: https://youtu.be/RP0TgCtpD20

 During his bi-weekly COVID-19 briefing, County Executive George Latimer discussed the County’s efforts to encourage its younger residents to do their part and get the COVID-19 vaccine. Latimer also gave remarks marking May as Asian-American Pacific Islander Month and Mental Health Awareness Month.

Latimer was joined by the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services’ Chief of Fire Services and County Fire Coordinator Chief William Dingee and Chief of Fire Training Chief Luci Labriola-Cuffe to present a proclamation and park International Firefighters Day. 

Westchester County Covid-19 Dashboard can be viewed here: https://arcg.is/10naWv0

Mobile Friendly Version of Westchester County Covid-19 Dashboard can be viewed here: https://arcg.is/qHDS9

WESTCHESTER COUNTY PARTNERS WITH THE NEW YORK KNICKS TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO GET VACCINATED

I KICKED COVID TO THE CURB! CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

I kicked COVID to the curb! That’s the new campaign Westchester County has launched to encourage Westchester County teens and young adults to get vaccinated for COVID-19.  The campaign includes a PSA with New York Knick and Ossining native Obi Toppin and Knick Immanuel “IQ” Quickley.

Click here to see the video.

Along with the New York Knicks PSA, the County is also launching an aggressive social media campaign, hosting a youth town hall May 13 to answer questions young people might have about the vaccine and is partnering with local schools, libraries and more to directly get the information in the hands of the young people and their parents.

County Executive George Latimer said, “It’s been a long time since I was a teenager, but I remember what it was like.  When I was a young man I thought I was invincible, and in some ways you are when you are young, but when it comes to COVID-19 you are not.  Get vaccinated.  Don’t let anything impact or threaten the very bright future you have ahead of you. It’s a simple, quick shot and it will help protect you and the people you love.”

Rich Constable, MSG Sports head of Social Impact, said: “The New York Knicks and MSG are proud to work with Westchester County on this important initiative to encourage young people to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot.  As the CDC has said, the available COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and will allow all of us to get back to enjoying many of the activities we love – like playing basketball.  We encourage everyone who has not yet been vaccinated to get their shot.”

Early on the County’s vaccination efforts were focused on the most vulnerable members of the population—older people and those with severe health issues. Now, the focus is on those 16 to 25 years old. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the emergency use of a Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19 for people 16 years of age and older.  For those 18 year old and older Johnson & Johnson and Moderna are also approved. There is no vaccine approved yet for children under age 16.

  • To schedule an appointment at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, visit: Westchestergov.com/health
  • To schedule an appointment at a New York State operated clinic, visit: covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov
  • To locate clinics, pharmacies and other locations that o­ffer the COVID-19 vaccine, use the Vaccine Finder Tool: vaccine‑nder.org/search
  • For more information, please call the Westchester County Department of Health at (914)-995-7425.