VIDEO: Gov. Hochul gets flu shot, 'I smiled through the whole thing'

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Gov. Kathy Hochul got her flu shot on Wednesday while encouraging other New Yorkers to roll up their sleeves as flu season begins.

Hochul got the vaccine during her COVID-19 briefing at the governor’s office in midtown Manhattan.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul gets her flu shot in Manhattan on Oct. 13, 2021. Photo credit Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of the Governor

“With lesser restrictions, we want to make sure that everybody's protected, that you don't end up getting the flu or COVID, or both, which is the worst-case scenario,” she said.

The governor said the state was launching a PSA to encourage people to get the flu shot, noting that it can be received at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine or booster dose.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul gets her flu shot in Manhattan on Oct. 13, 2021. Photo credit Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of the Governor
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Gov. Kathy Hochul gets her flu shot in Manhattan on Oct. 13, 2021. Photo credit Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of the Governor

“In order to practice what I preach, I'm going to get a flu shot,” Hochul said before sitting down and getting vaccinated by Dr. Daniel Cavallo.

“I made sure to wear the mask, so you wouldn’t see if I winced or not,” the governor quipped after getting the jab. “I smiled through the whole thing, just so you know.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio also got his flu shot about two weeks ago during a COVID-19 briefing at City Hall.