COVID-19 Communication to Parents and Families

Pop Up Vaccination Sites

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. Vaccine vendors assigned by the NYC Vaccine Command Center will be available to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible students, families, and staff at the Academy of American Studies/Newcomers Campus building on the following dates: 
Monday, 9/13 
Tuesday, 9/14 
Wednesday, 9/15 
Friday, 9/17 
Sites will not operate on Thursday, 9/16 in observance of Yom Kippur. 

Vaccination

Today, MondayAugust 9 is the last day for your child to get the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to be fully vaccinated in time for school.

This date is important to remember because the vaccine for adolescents (Pfizer) requires two doses, three weeks apart, and it takes two weeks from the second shot for someone to be considered fully vaccinated.

While vaccination is not required for school attendance, vaccination allows children to be in the classroom, participate in afterschool activities and sports, and gather with friends safely. It also provides a more stable learning environment because students who are fully vaccinated currently are not required to quarantine if a student in their class has COVID-19. Vaccination has already greatly reduced COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, helping to reopen the city and deliver a brighter future.

All New Yorkers age 12 and up can now receive a free COVID-19 vaccine! In partnership with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, some school sites will offer vaccination. You can simply walk in with your student, any friend or family member who needs a vaccine, or just get one for yourself. It's quick and easy, and will help you keep yourself, your neighborhood, and your school community safe.

Have questions about the vaccine? Visit the NYC Covid-19 Vaccine page for all the facts.

Important information:

  • You will not need to provide proof of immigration status or a social security number to get vaccinated. ID is only required for proof of age. 
  • You do not need health insurance to get vaccinated.
  • All minors who are 12 to 15 must be accompanied to the vaccination site by a parent or guardian, or another adult caregiver designated by the parent/guardian. 

Today, August 9th 9am -4 pm

Francis Lewis High School (58-20 Utopia Parkway, Queens)

Tuesday, August 10th 9am-4pm

John Bowne High School (63-25 Main Street, Queens)

Wednesday, August 11th 9am-4pm

William Cullen Bryant High School (48-10 31st Avenue, Queens)

Thursday, August 12th 9am-4pm

Forest Hills High School (67-01 110 Street, Queens)

Getting your child vaccinated is safe, confidential, and easy. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Visit nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692) to find a vaccination site near you. Many sites do not require an appointment.
  • You can also request and receive at-home vaccination by visiting nyc.gov/homevaccine or calling 877-VAX-4NYC. In-home vaccination is free and available to all New Yorkers ages 12 and older.
  • You do not need to provide proof of immigration status or a social security number to get vaccinated. Identification is only required for proof of age. If your child does not have an ID, you can attest to their age at the time of vaccination.
  • You do not need health insurance to get vaccinated.
  • For people under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must provide consent.
    • Children aged 12 to 15 must be accompanied to the vaccination site by a parent or guardian, or another adult caregiver designated by the parent or guardian.
    • Some sites allow children aged 16 and 17 to go to the site alone, but they still require parental consent in writing or by phone.
  • 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.
  • The City is now offering $100 for anyone (including children) who gets their first dose at a City-run vaccination site or at home as part of the in-home vaccination program. To find a City-run site, visit NYC COVID-19 Vax4NYC Appointment Scheduler or call 877-VAX-4NYC. See here for more information about this and other incentives.

Pediatricians and other health care providers can help answer questions, and many are able to give the COVID-19 vaccine at a back-to-school check-up, along with other routine immunizations. If you need a provider, call 1-844-NYC-4NYC. NYC Health + Hospitals providers care regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.

If you have any questions, visit nyc.gov/covidvaccine for all the facts. We deeply appreciate your partnership in keeping our school communities safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

The NYC Department of Education