A COVID-19 vaccination event at the school at Mott Haven Academy Charter School was held on Tuesday.
Rocio Galvin has four children at the school in grades 5-8. She is relieved to finally have them all vaccinated at the same time, surrounded by familiar faces.
“It would make a difference if all schools would do it. I did not have to go anywhere, I did not have to make an appointment, I did not have to go in, they were in school and we are done,” Galvin said.
It is estimated that 200 received the vaccine.
It was the third vaccine event at the school with a big difference: This time, they also administered the pediatric Pfizer doses to children 5-11.
According to the state Department of Health, only 36.7% of Bronx children between the ages of 5 and 11 have at least one shot – the lowest overall.
Director of the Charter School Jessica Nauioka said the event was a more joyful school experience for children.
“Families who make the decision to get their students vaccinated help children stay in school more often and for longer periods,” Nauioka said.
Children taking the first shot return on March 8 to receive their second dose.
The school said it will continue to hold events like this as long as the need continues.