The city will launch a pilot vaccination program on Friday at four Bronx schools, where all New York City children over the age of 12 can receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Children aged 12-17 become eligible for the Pfizer vaccine As of May 12, 118,000 New York City teens have received their shots, or 23% of that age range. It is compared with 20% of 12-17 year olds nationally By June 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mayor wants to push this number even further.
Bringing the sites to local schools will improve access, de Blasio said, and the plan is to eventually set up centers at schools in all five boroughs. On Monday, the city will add school sites in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn to the pilot program. All participating children will need the consent of their parents or guardians.
Today we start Youth Wax Week!
~118K young New Yorkers have already gotten their first shot – but that’s just the beginning.
We are hosting community interactions with parents, teachers and youth.
and bringing vaccines to schools- pic.twitter.com/CDPS44GMyq
— Commissioner Dave A. Chokshi, MD (@NYCHealthCommr) 2 June 2021
“It’s going to be a way to reach a lot of young people early, and it will be a way to encourage parents to understand how incredible it is, what a great feeling it is, to know that Your child is safe,” de Blasio said in his press briefing on Wednesday.
Mark Levine, chairman of the city council’s health committee, said at the mayor’s daily press briefing that schools were a natural site for vaccine sites “because they already have records of how old kids are, they’re very good at being parents.” and have parental consent, and relationship and trust with their families.” Council member Levine said that “it’s really a victory for equity, taking it to schools Neighborhoods that have been hit by COVID, and where we need to increase vaccination rates.”
The pilot program will be coordinated with the United Federation of Teachers’ Union, although details of who will administer the shots were not immediately available on Wednesday. UFT spokeswoman Alison Gender said parents and guardians of children coming in for vaccination will also be able to take the shot together.
“We want to make the vaccine available and make it as easy as possible for our families and students to get it. Schools are a logical place,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said in a statement.
Good news: NYC is deploying mobile COVID vaccination sites for students aged 12+ in public schools.
Starting Friday at 4 Bronx schools. On Monday, 1 school was added each in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn. Big plan coming soon in all 5 boroughs. Uses Pfizer. Parental consent is required.
– Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) 2 June 2021
A full list of the four schools that gave vaccine shots this week was not immediately available, but one of the locations, the Bronx Writing Academy at 270 East 167 Street, will be administering vaccinations Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. UFT said the clinic will be open to all eligible New Yorkers and will have a DJ, games and an ice cream station.
Parents are asked to RSVP on behalf of their children and prepare a consent form available www.uft.org/BWAvax, or call 1-855-809-4073 for more information.
Those who get vaccinated at four Bronx schools on Friday will receive their second dose on Friday, June 25, the last day of public school in New York City. Students who are vaccinated at a school next week and beyond will be scheduled for their second dose at an NOS this summer, Gender said.
Education Department spokeswoman Danielle Filson said in a statement that school vaccination sites will help the city “prepare to open a full school in the fall.”
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