Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

More than 40,000 children ages 5 to 11 have received coronavirus vaccines at city schools, the education ministry said Friday.

“Each dose is another layer of protection that keeps our students, their families and communities safe,” said Chancellor Meisha Porter.

Across the city, over 119,000 children in that age group have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

The DOE has lobbied families to get their children vaccinated and set up test sites at schools across the city.

City Hall has previously mandated that all DOE staff receive shots, but has not yet demanded them for students.

Many private city top schools have begun introducing vaccine mandates for students and have set deadlines in the coming months.

Elected Mayor Eric Adams has said he supports vaccine requirements for city school enrollees.

Parents and children are waiting in line to be vaccinated at the western 77th entrance to the Museum Of Natural History on November 6, 2021.
Parents and children are waiting in line to be vaccinated at the West 77nd St. to the Museum Of Natural History on November 6, 2021.
Robert Miller

Porter, who will leave his post at the end of the year, urged parents to continue seeking shots for their children.

“All the staff and staff in our school buildings have been vaccinated, and if you have not had your babies vaccinated yet – do it today,” she said.

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