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To get more young New Yorkers vaccinated, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that the city would begin distributing the shots to public schools in five boroughs.
Starting this Friday, June 4, four schools in the Bronx will begin the rollout of in-school vaccination sites. In the coming weeks, selected schools in all five cities will also offer vaccines to students.
“It’s going to be a way to reach a lot of young people early,” de Blasio said, “and to encourage parents to understand how incredible it is, what a great feeling it is to know that Your child is safe.
Manhattan City Councilman Mark Levine, who chairs the council’s health committee, said it would make vaccinations more accessible, especially for families who cannot take their children to the vaccination site after school.
“If we bring vaccinations for them, in their school buildings, it’s a game changer,” Levine said. “It’s a great venue to expand vaccination options to young people.”
Levine noted that schools are in a great position to act as vaccination sites because they already have student records, can easily obtain parent/guardian consent and maintain trusting relationships with families. can.
This trust between schools and families will really make a difference to vaccine-hesitant parents, said Bronx City Councilman Eric Dinowitz and a former teacher.
“Families and children trust their teachers, they trust the administration, they trust their school staff,” Dinowitz said. “This is an important step in ensuring the safety of our children and families and in opening us up to full-time individual support.”
De Blasio also announced that starting Wednesday the Pfizer vaccine will be administered to children 12 years and older at the New York Aquarium. Participants will receive a free ticket to the aquarium for future visits.
youth vaccination block parties Will also be held across the city from June 1-7. Doctors and public health officials will be on site to answer any questions about the vaccine. There will also be family activities, food and music.
To find vaccination sites near you nyc.gov/vaccinefinder Or call 877-VAX-4NYC to arrange for free round-trip transportation to a site near you.
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