NYC public schools begin offering COVID vaccinations to students
New York City public schools kicked off a series of pop-up vaccine clinics Monday to help get kids aged 5-11 protected against COVID-19.
Kids were able to get the vaccine at the site at P.S. 208 in East Flatbush until about 4 p.m. Dozens of other schools around Brooklyn did the same as part of the city's school vaccine drives, which aim to make the shots available in over a thousand buildings through next week.
According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, almost 17,000 kids in the city between the age of 5 and 11 got the shot since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended it for younger kids last week.
He said every public school that serves kids in that age group will be distributing vaccines for at least one day through next Monday and they are ready to add more to that schedule if needed.
The goal is ease and accessibility, according to the city. Parents can just walk in with their child on the day the vaccine is being distributed in the building to get the first dose. No appointment is needed.
Some parents News 12 spoke with said they're skeptical and don't feel comfortable vaccinating their kids yet, while others said they are eager to take the opportunity.
If you want to find out when your child's school will be offering vaccinations, you can follow this link.