NYC public school vaccination rates released to the public


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Amanda Salazar, Editor-in-Chief

New York City announced that public school students 5 years and older would no longer be mandated to wear face coverings.

Simultaneously, the city’s Department of Education released the COVID-19 infection and vaccination rates for schools across the five boroughs.

Overall, 52% of New York City public school students ages 5 to 17 are fully vaccinated against COVID- 19, with 59% receiving at least one dose of the vaccine.

The vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 was authorized in November 2021, while children ages 12 through 17 were eligible for inoculation starting in spring 2021. There is still no vaccine for children ages 4 and younger.

Although the vaccination numbers are trending upward across the city’s schools, the Department of Education’s data shows that neighborhoods with more people of color and conservative leaning neighborhoods have lower vaccination rates among public school students.

For example, in Community School District 23 in Brooklyn, which includes Ocean Hill, Brownsville and parts of East New York, only 38% of students have had at least one dose. This is the lowest rate for a school district in the city.

On the flip side, in Community School District 2 in Manhattan, which covers the neighborhoods of Lower Manhattan, Chinatown and the Upper East Side, 80% have had at least one dose. That is the highest rate of any of the city’s school districts.

Nearly 250 public schools in the city have less than one-third of its students with at least one dose of a vaccine. In addition, approximately 295 schools have less than one-fourth of students fully vaccinated.

Conversely, about 140 schools have three-fourths of their student population fully vaccinated.

But even in the preliminary rounds of data, it is evident that schools in areas with a lower income and more people of color are less vaccinated.

On average, elementary schools also have lower COVID-19 vaccination rates than middle schools and high schools. This is partly because the vaccine for older children has been available for longer than the one for younger children.

There also appears to be hesitancy among parents of younger children when getting their kids vaccinated.

In New York City, 37% percent of elementary school students, 41% of K-8 school students, 46% of K-12 school students, 57% of middle school students and 68% of high school students are fully vaccinated.

A map from Gothamist shows the exact percent of students who are fully vaccinated at all public schools in the five boroughs.