Kids Can Get Vaccines Right at School; Check When Your School is Eligible

Photo via NYC Mayor’s Office/Ed Reed.

By Carol Tannenhauser

Children ages 5-11 were cleared on Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to get low-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations.

To make it easier for families to vaccinate their children, “some school sites are offering the first dose of Pfizer vaccinations to eligible students ages 5-11 during the month of November,” the Department of Education (DOE) announced. “No appointment is needed; you can simply walk in with your student on the day of your school’s pop-up vaccine site. It’s quick and easy, and will help keep your student, your family, and your school community safe.”

The sites will start vaccinations soon — students at PS 163 on 97th Street, for instance, can get a shot on Nov. 9. The whole list of dates and other info is here.

Here are the rules and guidelines set forth by the DOE:

To find the date and time when your child’s school will serve as a popup vaccination site, click here. Scroll down to Find a School Near You. The schools are listed by borough in numerical order.

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    1. Paul on W 67 says:

      We oldsters will remember getting vaccinated at school. The Sabin polio vaccine (sugar cube) was so yummy I wanted a second one!

      • EricaC says:

        We didn’t get the sugar cube – we got a shot from a kind of gun. We all lined up, and one after another, the nurse put the gun thing up to your arm, pulled a trigger, and BANG it gave the shot. It didn’t hurt any more than a regular shot, but the BANG was pretty unnerving, and the lines were long, so it was pretty stressful!

        I was beginning to wonder whether I imagined that gun thing – but apparently they did exist . . . .

        • upper west side girly says:

          I had the same shot with a gun in 1st grade and then passed out cold:) Even at 6 years old I was so embarrassed!

      • Westsidegal says:

        Ironically, after the polio vaccine you did not catch or transmit polio.

    2. Rodin says:

      A vaccine for 5-11 years olds formulated and approved so quickly?

      Sugar cube (smart!) or saline?

      How did we go from children not being susceptible, to now needing a vaccine?

      • Hype says:

        Agree so silly. Vaccines do not lower transmission. They lower incidence of severe disease. Kids v rarely get the severe form of disease even without the vaccine. statistically worrying about kids getting severe disease is like saying kids shouldn’t ride incars because may be in traffic accident. It’s irrational.

        • West Seventy-Seconder says:

          1. Research to date HAS shown a small but significant decrease in transmission by vaccinated individuals;

          2. The more of a total susceptible population (including children) is vaccinated, the less likely new variants are to emerge;

          3. A 1-2% hospitalization rate for children infected is not negligible.

          • Josh says:

            Not to mention the fact that CHILDREN ARE DYING from Covid. Want to compare it to driving in a car? The vaccine is not keeping the kid out of the car, it is having the kid wear a seat belt. And don’t we do that?

            When did people get so stupid that they became so wedded to their narrative that they ignore what is right in front of them? Please, someone, bring back common sense.

        • UWS-er says:

          No offense, but I trust the FDA and CDC (or, for the anti-gov folks, the American Academy of Pediatrics), who have all strongly urged parents to get their kids vaccinated. What’s your medical background that allows you to deem this “silly”?

          • Rodin says:

            Not to blow your mind or anything, BUT

            The CDC is a private corporation working on behalf of its stakeholders, not the public.

            The FDA has a notoriously fast revolving door with Big Pharma.

            CDC Proof from D&B:

            • Josh says:

              Not to blow your mind or anything, BUT even somewhat intelligent people are taught early on in school how to appropriately evaluate sources. It is amazing how people argue that Wikipedia cant be trusted because “anyone can change it,” and then they go and quote something from some random person’s blog as fact, just because it says the same thing as they believe. It is called Confirmation Bias and it leads people to falsely believe they have evidence that backs up their points. But you will never believe me because I’m not posting this on Facebook!