ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday seven new pop-up vaccination sites at airports across New York State, including the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport.
“I think it’s the way to go. If it’s easy to get there, you know you can pop in and pop out and you’re done,” Resident Bob Simpson said.
The vaccine clinic comes at a time when traveling is increasing ahead of the summer. Airport Director Andy Moore said he hopes people feel comfortable going on planes again.
“Traveling in itself is pretty safe these days,” Moore said. “Airports have made a ton of effort to provide a safe, health, disinfected, sanitized environment.”
Moore said the vaccine clinic gives not only travelers a chance to get vaccinated, but airport employees as well.
“We also have about 300 employees that work here at the airport, not just county employees, but our tenants, concession staff, stuff like that, so it provides an opportunity for them to get a vaccination shot also,” Moore said.
For those looking to travel international this summer, the European Union recently announced it will reopen its borders to vaccinated Americans.
Travel agents say before you book a trip, make sure you know what other countries are requiring from visitors.
“You’re going to need to be vaccinated with with one of the four EU approved companies,” Patty Bean, the Owner and Bean Cruises and Travel said about those traveling to Europe.
Traveling with kids also comes with it’s own requirements.
“You can travel with your unvaccinated children but there will be a negative COVID test required before departure and also there may be additional testing due once you arrive at destination,” Bean said.
The ROC airport vaccine site will be open for walk-in vaccinations using the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine for any resident 18 years old or older.
The clinic will open at noon on Monday and run through 5 p.m. The vaccine clinic will take place in the lower level of the airport, near the baggage claim area.