Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday that vaccine sites will open at New York City schools as a way to increase vaccination rates among ages 12 to 17. The program will start on Friday at four schools in the Bronx and expand to all five boroughs within the month.
Starting on Friday in certain schools, we’re going to pilot something very exciting. We’re going to start launching in-school vaccination sites. This is something I think is going to open up a world of possibilities. We’re working with our Health Department, our Department of Education, with the U.F.T., we want to make schools a place where kids can get vaccinated. Now, for so many kids, of course, that has only been a recent possibility. So we’re going to start this in certain schools around the five boroughs. We’re going to see how it goes. We’re going to get the most done, we can between now and the end of school later this month. But it’s going to be a way to reach a lot of young people quickly, and it’s going to be a way to encourage parents to understand how incredible it is, what a great feeling it is to know your child is safe. So we’ll start schools on Friday, expanding more over the days ahead. We will be in all five boroughs in schools, vaccinating kids, select locations, not everywhere yet, but select locations.