Young students at New York City public schools will have another chance to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine - and a second dose if they’ve already received the initial shot - at their school building at the end of the month when city vaccine staff returns to schools.
Starting Nov. 29, students aged 5 to 11 years old will be able to step out of class to get vaccinated in school, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a Tuesday news conference.
“We’re gonna do a full second pass, all elementary schools, every school in New York City that serves kids 5 to 11 years old,” de Blasio said.
The renewed in-school vaccination effort comes after more than 72,000 children got vaccinated in the first week-and-a-half of that age group being eligible for the shot, with more than 26,300 of those immunizations occurring in schools.
The first round of vaccinations is continuing this week, with vaccine staff going to 60 “high demand” schools on Wednesday and Thursday, the mayor added.
De Blasio said that the city will also send vaccine staff to charter schools starting this Friday and into next week. Those schools will have to request city vaccine staff.