The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, reported that the city will begin vaccinating students in public schools for COVID-19 this Friday.
“It will be a way to quickly reach many young people“Said the president during his daily virtual press conference. “We want to make schools a place where children can get vaccinated,” he added.
New York will start the campaign with youth from four schools in the Bronx and then expand the vaccination program to other institutes and districts.
Until now, 118,000 children and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 in the Big Apple have already received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, as detailed by the mayor.
“This is something that I think will open up a world of possibilities.. We are going to reach children everywhere and make children much safer,” continued de Blasio.
One city strategy to encourage vaccination among residents ages 12 to 17 is to anyone who has received the dose can win a full scholarship to a state university.
De Blasio said the city has administered more than 7 million vaccinesBut the rate has dropped precipitously since April, when it delivered up to 115,000 doses in a single day.
While more than 3 million New Yorkers are currently fully vaccinated, de Blasio promised to reach 5 million residents by June. The city already allows people to enter the sites to receive the vaccine without the need to make an appointment.
In addition, he commented that there are no penalties for not receiving the vaccine. “Incentives help and convenience helps,” he said.
Young people are the main laggards: Less than a quarter of New Yorkers ages 18 to 24 are fully vaccinated, compared with 65% of people ages 65 to 74, according to city data.
Coverage also varies greatly by neighborhood: About 80% of residents in Manhattan’s financial district are fully vaccinated, for example, compared to 28% in Hunts Point in the Bronx.
In May, New York reported a minimum of six months in the number of COVID-19 cases, so the city reopened all public libraries. The infection rate has dropped to around 2%.
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