Outgoing New York City mayor Bill de Blasio revealed that some schools are having a shortage of COVID-10 vaccines for students as young as 5 years old.
On Monday, de Blasio noted that 12 public schools in Districts 1 and 2 in Manhattan and District 15 in Brooklyn have been home to a long line of students awaiting a shot.
“We had four sites that had delay in getting their supply, that’s being fixed right now,” de Blasio said.
De Blasio said although there is some vaccine shortage he is happy that there is a great demand for the COVID vaccine.
In a virtual press briefing, de Blasio also revealed that City Hall is “perfectly ready” to add vaccination days to schools where there’s heightened demand for jabs.
Dr. Dave Chokshi, the city health commissioner, earlier said there has been an “unprecedented demand” at some public school buildings where the vaccine is being offered.
“What we’re seeing is unprecedented demand at certain school sites that in those small number of sites is exceeding the amount of vaccine that is currently there, but we’re taking steps to address that by shifting additional supplies to those sites and if necessary, setting up additional vaccination days,” Chokshi said.
“We will take every step we need to to ensure that anyone who wants a vaccination for their child will be able to get it at the site of their choosing,” Chokshi added.