NYS begins Pfizer vaccinations for 12-15 age group

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New York State is following Washington, DC's approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination for young people aged 12-15.

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Six Flags Darien Lake is teaming up with the Genesee County Health Department to offer a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic Tuesday.

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Long-haul truck drivers are among the nation’s essential workers, but finding time to get the vaccine is difficult when you are traveling across the country daily to deliver critical items.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has announced that three vaccine clinics will be open today for teenagers, and all of the clinics will be prom themed.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his regular COVID-19 update briefing in Binghamton Tuesday. Watch it here.

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Walk-in COVID-19 shots will be available to anyone over 60 at mass vaccination sites run by New York state starting Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced new guidance which will allow pharmacies to vaccinate New Yorkers with comorbidities. Pharmacies were previously only able to vaccinate New Yorkers over the age of 60 and teachers.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo provided some good news in his pandemic update Saturday.

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It may sound easy: vaccinate nursing home staff and residents against COVID-19 and the horrors of the last year will recede into the history books. But a local doctor says, it’s not that simple.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is again starting to discourage parents from bringing their kids in for the routine vaccinations of childhood.

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A state appeals court in Seneca County has upheld New York’s elimination of religious exemptions to vaccine requirements.

The ruling from State Supreme Court Justice Daniel Doyle rejected claims that eliminating the exemptions was an unconstitutional infringement on religious rights.

New York health officials have issued emergency regulations restricting medical exemptions from vaccination for children attending school or child care.

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A group of parents is suing New York state in an effort to reinstate a religious exemption to vaccine mandates.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of measles cases has grown to over 700 and is the worst outbreak in decades.

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A freshman state lawmaker from Western New York is co-sponsoring legislation to remove a vaccine exemption. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked Assemblyman Pat Burke about why he’s supporting the bill that calls for a change in the law.  

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A state Supreme Court judge on Friday ruled two teenage students cannot attend Orchard Park schools without updated vaccines.

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is using the nationwide shingles vaccine shortage as another example of why the federal government needs to get back to work. He spoke at a New York pharmacy to demonstrate the extent of the shutdown, which is now nearly a month old.

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The New York Farm Bureau, the state’s largest agricultural lobbying and trade organization has released its annual list of budget priorities.

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A sixth case of the measles was confirmed last week in Ontario's Niagara region. Officials believe it is connected to the other five and to a youth gathering in Toronto earlier this month. 

Measles vaccine: Facts, not fear

Feb 10, 2015
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Health officials continue warning parents to make sure their child is immunized against the Measles. There are confirmed cases in 17 states including New York and the Erie County Health Commissioner wants parents to understand facts,not fear, about vaccines. 

Ryan proposes linking child vaccinations to tax breaks

Feb 6, 2015
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With an outbreak of measles reported in 14 states, Assemblyman Sean Ryan is proposing legislation that would require a child to be vaccinated before a parent can receive their child dependent tax deduction.

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The multi-state measles outbreak tied to Disneyland has local officials urging residents to get vaccinated. 

Roswell receives funding to increase HPV vaccinations

Oct 14, 2014
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Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded special funding that will be specifically directed at increasing HPV vaccinations among youth. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports Roswell is one of 18 centers nationwide to lead this effort in preventing cancer-causing viruses.

Erie County reminds parents to vaccinate their children

Apr 29, 2014

The Erie County Department of Health is reminding parents to get their children vaccinated. The call is in observance of National Infant Immunization Week this week.

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Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein confirms that reports of flu cases are on the rise.