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State heath department recommends second COVID booster for 5-to-11-year olds

The State Department of Health today announced its recommendation that children ages 5 to 11 should receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster five months after completing their initial two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine series.

All NY state-run mass vaccination sites to offer walk-in shots to all residents age 16 and up

All New York State mass vaccination sites will be open for walk-in vaccinations as of Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today. Local health departments have the option to offer vaccines without appointments as of Thursday also, he said.

Northwell announces vaccine availability at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead

Northwell Health announced tonight nearly 2,000 appointments for the Moderna vaccine are available at Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Entenmann Campus in Riverhead.

In support of vaccines

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Anti-vaxxers embody the dangers of the growing anti-science movements

The progress of the last century or more is ours to lose.

With flu on the rise, officials urge people to get vaccinated

Health officials reported a 60% spike in flu cases last week statewide, nearly 5,000 confirmed cases this season so far.They urge everyone to get vaccinated, especially the elderly, young children and people with pre-existing conditions or compromised immune systems.

Riverhead school district may oppose mandatory HPV vaccines

The school superintendent has drafted a letter in opposition to bills pending in Albany that would make the HPV vaccine mandatory.

Time runs out for unvaccinated students — they will be ‘respectfully’ sent home

According to district officials, as many as 328 students across all Riverhead schools will be affected— including 39 students with religious exemption requests, as well as those who, for other unspecified reasons, have not yet complied with the new rules.

Parents ask school district to help them in the fight against state-imposed vaccine mandate

A large group of parents went to the school board meeting this week to ask for the district's help in their battle against mandatory vaccination requirements that will prevent their unvaccinated children from attending school as of Sept. 17.

As measles outbreak grows, physicians urge parents to vaccinate their children — and close their doors to those who refuse

Some pediatricians no longer welcome unvaccinated children, citing risks to other patients and their families.