Reading, writing and … COVID-19 shots?
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday he would consider administering the coronavirus vaccine to 12 to 15 year-olds in the city’s public schools.
“I think it’s worth a look for sure,” de Blasio said at his daily press briefing remote from City Hall.
City Council Health Committee Chair Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) had proposed the idea to increase the vaccination rate for the age group that was approved for the Pfizer shot last week.
Since then, 20,000 of the city’s 500,000 12 to 15 year-old have gotten the first dose of the vaccine.
But Levine said that pace is too slow and city officials should make it easier for the youngsters to get the jab — with a parent or guardian’s approval.
“We just haven’t seen the rush of demand that we saw after past eligibility extensions,” Levine told The Post.
Only certain vaccination sites in each borough offer Pfizer and many of those have limited hours, making it difficult for kids attending school to travel for the shots, Levine said.
But de Blasio was hopeful that the rate would increase without additional locations.
“The first few days are too early a sample size to talk about the overall trajectory. I actually think that number is going to grow steadily,” he said during the press briefing.
He has previously indicated that neither children nor teachers will be required to get the vaccine before returning to school in person in September.