Monday, November 29

Charter schools in the Big Apple are already beginning to receive vaccination clinics at their campuses for students from 5 to 11 years old


Gabriela Giraldo, Zeta School Operations Manager: “We are happy to offer the doses”

Photo: Fernando Martínez / Impremedia

The autonomous schools of the Big Apple, known as ‘charter’, which until now had been left out of the plans to install vaccination clinics in their campuses, already this Friday began to bring the doses of Pfizer to their students, in the middle of the City’s efforts to inject everyone children from 5 to 11 years against COVID-19.

Till the date more than 78,000 students Eligible individuals from this group have received their first dose in the New York City public school system.

In this sense, the network Zeta Charter School, That operates five elementary schools in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan was one of the first that began its journey to bring the orientation and the option of inoculation in a reliable space, like their own coffee shops.

“With the support of the New York City Department of Health (DOHMH) we offer information to parents and guardians so that they know that they have the option of authorizing and proceeding with vaccination in our own spaces,” he explained. Gabriela giraldo operations manager of this school.

The school vaccination clinic program, which began two weeks ago, established rotating and temporary vaccination sites in 1,000 traditional public schools. Now DOHMH has started this step on charters.

Children from 5 to 11 years old began to receive Pfizer doses on November 8, after emergency approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which means that almost all those who attend primary are eligible for the drug. Although It is not mandatory to attend face-to-face classes.

“We are happy to have this opportunity for our school community to clarify doubts, now that winter is approaching. But we have reiterated that the vaccine is not mandatory for our children to come to the classroom. We only suggest and facilitate itGiraldo highlighted.

The City reports that from November 30 there will be another cycle of installation of clinics on campus. (Photo: F. Martínez)

High demand

The Colombian Giselle Reyes, 40, She tried to make an appointment for her 7-year-old with the help of her pediatrician at a pharmacy last week. And according to his version: “it was not easy to square with his schedules at work.”

“How good that these schools can also have their clinics. So everything is easier for us”, He said.

In the early days of massive school vaccination efforts, the City reported high demand for the doses and even inventory depletion in some districts.

The spokesperson for the New York City Department of Education (DOE), Nathaniel Styer, shared with local media that “additional clinics are being scheduled in schools with the highest demand, in addition to the availability of the sites administered by the City. that are very easy to access”.

When these days started they reported long lines at about a dozen schools in District 1 and 2 of Manhattan, covering Lower Manhattan through Chelsea and the Upper East Side, and in District 15 of Brooklyn, including neighborhoods such as Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Red Hook and Gowanus.

Mayor Bill de Blasio interpreted it as “great to see that kind of demand”, as well as promising that more clinics would be installed in school settings.

The president recalled that all people who inject the first dose continue to receive the $ 100 incentive, regardless of age.

Second dose

The City further announced that will return to 1,070 schools where inoculation days have been organized, for 10 days at as of November 30 to offer second doses of the vaccine or first doses to children who have not yet been vaccinated.

It was also reiterated that all charter schools can now apply for receive a vaccination clinic with first dose visits which started this Friday.

Very low infections in schools

  • 1.5 million school-age children ages 5 to 11 are eligible to receive the vaccine in New York State.
  • 2,000 children and employees were exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 in public schools in the Big Apple last October.
  • 130 people were infected amid the “secondary attack rate” estimated at less than 6%, rated by the City authorities as “very low”.
  • 78,500 children from 5 to 11 years old they had received the vaccine as of this week in NYC.
  • 414,895 some dose of Pfizer has been applied between 12 to 17 years.
  • 75% is the vaccination rate in the Big Apple of all eligible groups, compared to the state as a whole, which has a 68% vaccination rate.


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