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Orange-Ulster BOCES Partners with Garnet Health Medical Center to offer Vaccination Clinic to Students

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OU BOCES partnered with Garnet Health Medical Center to vaccinate nearly 200 Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Special Education students in a clinic on Tuesday, April 27, at the Emanuel Axelrod Education Center in Goshen, NY. OU BOCES is also collaborating with Garnet Health Medical Center to bring vaccination clinics to other school districts throughout Orange County.

At the event on Tuesday, 191 students received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which is approved for people age 16 and over. CTE Security Careers Academy students helped direct the flow of students to the gymnasium where the clinic was held.

“It was a privilege to work with the team from Garnet Health Medical Center to provide an opportunity for our students to have access to the vaccine,’’ said OU BOCES Assistant Superintendent Deborah McBride Heppes. All students who received the vaccine had parental consent.

Middletown High School will be vaccinating students on May 4 and May 25. Monroe-Woodbury and Pine Bush will also be offering vaccination clinics for students soon.

“Creating a clinic environment within our school that was comfortable and safe for our students was our top priority,” said OU BOCES Director of Operations Mark Coleman. “Working collaboratively with the Garnet Health Medical Center operational and technology staff made this day successful for our families and their children who needed access to the vaccine.”

“We are proud to partner with Orange-Ulster BOCES to provide vaccinations to students,” said Chris Costello, Director of Occupational Health and Wellness at Garnet Health.” As part of our continued commitment to the community, we know the importance of safeguarding our children and adolescents by making sure they are protected when they get to school.”

The Garnet Health Medical Center vaccination team consists of:

  • six or seven vaccinators
  • two registrars
  • one pharmacist
  • one Vaccine Center Leader
  • one physician
  • one nurse observer (for after vaccinations)

For more information on vaccinations, visit

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Vaccine clinic
Man with vaccine needle

About Garnet Health Medical Center

Garnet Health Medical Center features seven floors of state-of-the-art technology and provides 383 beds and employs approximately 3,300 healthcare professionals. In addition to inpatient services, highlights of Garnet Health Medical Center include a cancer center and a five-story outpatient services building on the main campus, featuring Garnet Health Doctors with primary care and specialty physicians, urgent care, outpatient surgical and diagnostic services and more. Garnet Health Medical Center was named by Healthgrades as one of the 100 best hospitals nationally for cardiac intervention and General Surgery and was a recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™. Garnet Health Medical Center also achieved the Healthgrades 2019, 2020 and 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™ placing the hospital in the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance. It is a designated Magnet hospital recognizing excellence in Nursing; a recipient of the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite; and its Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system has achieved Stage 7 which is the highest level on HIMSS Analytics’ EMR adoption model. Garnet Health Medical Center is an Academic Affiliate of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. It is also a member of Garnet Health, the corporate parent of Garnet Health Medical Center, Garnet Health – Catskills, Garnet Health Doctors, Garnet Health Urgent Care, Garnet Health Foundation and Garnet Health Foundation – Catskills. Garnet Health is recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies.To learn more about Garnet Health Medical Center, visit