NYC COVID Update: Pop-up vaccination sites are targeted at 5-11 year olds

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – New York City’s efforts to get younger school-age children vaccinated over concerns about the rapidly spreading BA-2 Omicron subvariant continue.

PS 200 in Bath Beach, Brooklyn is one of the schools where we expect a vaccine clinic to show up Wednesday morning for 5-11 year olds.

These mobile clinics, like another one outside a Brooklyn school in December, are specifically designed for students who need their first doses.

Only 35% of New York City children ages 5-11 are fully vaccinated, and this is one way to make it easy for parents to get these shots.

It comes at a time when the mayor is ready to drop school mask mandates for all age groups, including 2-4 year olds, by April 4, if the number of COVID cases remains low.

“I have two. I have kindergarten and pre-k,” said parent Alice Bayizian. “They do not want to wear their masks, but we are still afraid, you know … that they may get sick and spread the disease. So I’m a little broken.”

“We get a large number of parents saying, ‘Please, do not take the mask off the kids at school,'” New York Mayor Eric Adams said. “We get a large number who say, ‘Please take the mask off.’ So the only way you’re doing it right now is to follow science and follow the numbers. That’s what we do.”

Mobile vaccine clinics are going to 20 different schools over the next two weeks, but the city has not released a list of where they should be.

Instead, city officials say, principals will contact parents directly.

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