As you might be aware, all New Yorkers aged 12 and older can now receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. This is great news for the health and safety of your child, your family, your school community, and the whole city! In partnership with the NYC Test & Trace Corps and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, some school sites are offering Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations to eligible New Yorkers during the first week of school (with second doses provided at the beginning of October) to make it as easy as possible to stay safe. No appointment is needed, and you can learn more about site hours from your school or by visiting schools.nyc.gov/covid19.
Getting your child vaccinated is safe, confidential, and easy. Here’s what you need to know:
- You will not need to provide proof of immigration status or a social security number to get vaccinated.
- You do not need health insurance to get vaccinated—the vaccine is free.
- For all individuals under 18, a parent or legal guardian must provide consent. A Consent Form for you to complete and return is enclosed with this letter.
- In addition, it is recommended— though not required— that students aged 12 to 15 be accompanied to the vaccination site by a parent or guardian, or another adult caregiver designated by the parent or guardian. Whether or not you chose to accompany your child, your child will be monitored by a trained medical professional at the vaccine site for 15 minutes following vaccine administration.
- All records and information associated with vaccination are kept strictly confidential.
- Vaccines are administered by trained medical professionals.
- On-site telephone interpretation in multiple languages will be available.
- While strongly recommended, vaccinations are not currently mandatory for most students. The exceptions are students participating in Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) sports who are considered high-risk for potential COVID-19 transmission. (For more information, visit: schools.nyc.gov/PSAL).
- Citywide vaccinations have already dramatically reduced COVID-19 positivity rates, helping to reopen the city, restore in-person gathering, and improve everyone’s quality of life. (continued on page 2)
- Families are encouraged to record their student’s vaccination status in the DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Portal at: https://vaccine.schools.nyc. Submitting this information will support New York City’s pandemic response and recovery efforts, and help ensure that DOE schools and buildings remain safe places for all students and staff.
To make vaccines as accessible as possible, pop-up vaccination sites will be at every DOE building serving students 12 years of age and older during the first week of school.
If you have any questions, visit nyc.gov/covidvaccine for all the facts. We strongly urge you to get your child vaccinated soon.
See letter attached.