Health officials in New York are launching a public awareness campaign to urge people to get their COVID-19 boosters and flu shots this season.
The campaign launches Monday, and comes as flu cases are on the rise in New York compared to this point a year ago. Fifteen-second and 30-second videos to air on social media, search ads and some transit advertising will appear in English and Spanish.
Both the flu shot and COVID boosters can be taken at the same time. Information to book an appointment can be found here.
The campaign comes as public health and New York officials have largely ended most pandemic-related rules and restrictions on mask wearing. Schools have reopened statewide with less strict COVID testing rules as well, and masks are optional.
Bassett last week warned of an "early and substantial increase" in flu cases found in New York. Gov. Kathy Hochul's office on Friday reported 20 COVID cases per 100,000 residents in New York, and 2,433 people are hospitalized with the virus.
“This fall, we have a simple message to New Yorkers: get your shots,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said. “We know that both flu and COVID-19 transmission will increase during the fall and winter seasons, and that both vaccines provide meaningful protection against getting very sick or being hospitalized. Vaccination for both flu and COVID-19 is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, and can be given during the same appointment. Everyone 12 and older should check whether it is time for a COVID booster. For those who are unsure where they are in their COVID-19 vaccination journey, talk to a health care provider or pharmacist who will help make sure you get the recommended doses.”
COVID and flu have similar symptoms and can be dificult to distinguish between the two and can range from mild to severe. Flu shots are available to people 6 months and older. COVID boosters are available to people 12 years and older.