More than 40,000 kids ages 5 to 11 have received coronavirus vaccines at city schools, the Department of Education announced Friday.
“Each dose is another layer of protection that keeps our students, their families, and communities safe,” said schools Chancellor Meisha Porter.
Citywide, over 119,000 kids in that age bracket have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine.
The DOE has lobbied families to get their kids vaccinated and set up jab sites at schools across the city.
City Hall previously mandated that all DOE staffers get the shots but has yet to require them for students.
Many top city private schools have started to introduce vaccine mandates for students and have set deadlines over the coming months.
Mayor-elect Eric Adams has said that he supports vaccine requirements for city school enrollees.
Porter, who will exit her post at the end of the year, urged parents to continue to seek shots for their children.
“All of the employees and staff in our school buildings are vaccinated, and if you have not gotten your babies vaccinated yet — do it today,” she said.