County Executive Pat Ryan Announces "Vax to School" Partnership Between Ulster County Department of Health, New York State Department of Health, The SUNY Ulster Foundation and All Nine Ulster County Public School Districts

Posted September 26, 2021

Students between the ages of 12-17 who receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at one of the nine PODs will be eligible to win a two-year scholarship to SUNY Ulster.


The Ulster County Health Department will conduct vaccination PODs at each high school gymnasium on select dates during October and November.


KINGSTON, NY - Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced that anyone between the ages of 12-17 who receives their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a participating POD will be eligible to enter a drawing for one of two two-year scholarships provided by the SUNY Ulster Foundation.


Ulster County will participate in the New York State Health Department’s “Vax to School” initiative by conducting vaccination PODs in each high school gymnasium on select weekends during October and November. In an effort to increase vaccination rates among the 12-17 age group, Ulster County and New York State are making vaccines readily available in a comfortable and convenient setting. 


“With schools now fully open, it is essential that we continue to provide access to vaccines for our students in a safe and efficient manner,” County Executive Pat Ryan said. “I want to thank SUNY Ulster for helping incentivize this program and to all of our school districts for partnering with our Health Department for this critical effort. Vaccinating all of our residents is the clearest path to safely bringing back a sense of normalcy to our community. I encourage all of those who are eligible to participate.”


“Thank you, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, for ensuring students are safe from COVID-19 through the #VaxToSchool program.  This partnership, coupled with an incentive opportunity that leverages access to higher education at SUNY Ulster, is incredible,” said SUNY Ulster President Dr. Alan P. Roberts.


"Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan’s commitment to scholarship support for the youth in Ulster County through the Ulster Community College Foundation is commended as we navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic public health crisis and the health and well-being of students within communities," said SUNY Ulster Foundation Board Chair Laurel Sweeney.


“The Vax to School program is another example of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan’s strong partnership with the nine public school districts of Ulster County, to do whatever can be done to keep our schools open for in-person instruction,” said Dr. Charles Khoury District Superintendent Ulster BOCES. “We encourage all eligible students to take advantage of these opportunities to get vaccinated, as being able to avoid having to quarantine if one is in close contact with a positive case is just one of the many benefits of being vaccinated.”


The dates, times, and locations of the pods are:


  • October 2nd, 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m., Kingston High School, 403 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
  • October 3rd,  10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m., Wallkill Senior High School, 90 Robinson Dr, Wallkill, NY 12589
  • October 16th, 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m., Saugerties Senior High School, 310 Washington Ave, Saugerties, NY 12477
  • October 17th, 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m., Rondout Valley High School, 122 Kyserike Rd, Accord, NY 12404
  • October 23rd, 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m., New Paltz High School, 130 S Putt Corners Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561
  • October 24th, 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m., Onteora High School 5203, 4166 NY-28, Boiceville, NY 12412
  • November 13th, 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m., Ellenville High School, 28 Maple Ave, Ellenville, NY 12428
  • November 14th, 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m., Highland High School, 320 Pancake Hollow Rd, Highland, NY 12528
  • November 20th, 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m., Marlboro High School, 50 Cross Rd, Marlboro, NY 12542 


Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins welcome.  Register for an appointment at