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New York City will begin vaccinating students at select city public schools on Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.
“It’s going to be a way to reach a lot of young people quickly,” de Blasio said during his daily virtual press briefing. “We want to make schools a place where kids can get vaccinated.
“This is something that I think will open up a world of possibilities.”
The city will start inoculating kids at four schools in The Bronx, and will expand the in-school vaccination program to other schools and boroughs in the coming weeks, de Blasio said.
So far, 118,000 kids ages 12-17 in the Big Apple have received a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the mayor.
“We are going to reach kids everywhere and make kids much, much safer,” said the mayor.
The news comes after de Blasio on May 18 floated the potential for public school vaccination sites, after Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) proposed the idea.
“I am thrilled about this announcement,” Levine said during the Wednesday press briefing.
“Schools really are a great place to do this. … It’s just a great venue to expand vaccination options for young people.”
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