A scholar walks to college on the first day of New York City colleges, amid the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Over 51,000 children between the ages of five and 11 have gotten their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced Friday.
Out of these children, 17,000 have gotten the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine at a short lived school-based vaccination website which officers launched earlier this week.
Mayor de Blasio broke the information throughout an interview on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.” “The sites in public schools have been incredibly popular, more than we imagined, honestly,” de Blasio informed present host Brian Lehrer. “Getting our youngest New Yorkers vaccinated is absolutely key especially as we get into the colder months.”
Though the City has made progress in administering the vaccine to youthful New Yorker’s, lower than 10% of the New York City children inside that age group have gotten the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the solely vaccine the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration has granted an emergency authorization for its use on five to 11-year-olds.
De Blasio has repeatedly opposed implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for public college children to increase vaccination charges regardless of Governor Kathy Hochul stating the measure will not be off the desk.
“I still think that the best plan is to allow all kids in school regardless and of course to energetically get kids vaccinated,” de Blasio informed Lehrer. City officers arrange non permanent vaccination websites in any respect public college areas serving 12 to 17-year-olds earlier this yr to assist bump up the vaccination price amongst the age group. As of now, 80% of New York City children between the ages of 11 and 17 are not less than partially vaccinated, in accordance to the mayor.