August 12, 2022
Albany, NY

Video, Audio & Rush Transcript: Governor Hochul Addresses Identification of Polio in New York City

Video, Audio & Rush Transcript: Governor Hochul Addresses Identification of Polio in New York City

Governor Hochul: "Make sure that your children are protected, because this is a very, very serious disease. And we want to make sure that we take all the steps we can at this time and sound the alarm right now to New Yorkers: Be sure that your vaccines have occurred, be sure they're updated, and that's our best defense against the spread of polio."

Earlier today, Governor Hochul addressed the announcement that wastewater monitoring identified polio in New York City, and urged unvaccinated New Yorkers to get vaccinated now.

VIDEO of the event is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) format here.

AUDIO of the event is available here.

A rush transcript of the Governor's remarks is available below:

We've had some information revealed about the wastewater and the reflection that there is polio detected, not just in Rockland County where there still remains one positive case of polio, but there is a presence in the New York City wastewater. This is something we're monitoring closely, working closely at the federal, local, and state level, all engaged, hands-on. But the number one thing that people can do to protect themselves is to ensure that they, their children, their loved ones, are vaccinated. We are standing up more vaccination sites. And what could have happened in some cases, because you're required to have a vaccine in order to be a child in our schools in this state, that there could have been a lapse in vaccines as well during the pandemic.

And so, people who may not have remembered it, didn't get to the doctor's office, especially for your children. As a parent, this is a responsibility we're putting on your shoulders, right now. We're asking you to work with us. Make sure that your children are protected, because this is a very, very serious disease. And we want to make sure that we take all the steps we can at this time and sound the alarm right now to New Yorkers: Be sure that your vaccines have occurred, be sure they're updated, and that's our best defense against the spread of polio.

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