NYC schools chancellor talks school vaccine sites, responds to Eric Adams’ DOE criticism

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Starting Monday, Nov. 8, new COVID vaccine sites will begin popping up at many New York City public schools in an effort to get newly eligible kids ages 5 to 11 vaccinated.

New York City Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter spoke with the PIX11 Morning News about the new initiative, including how it works and if the city has the doses ready for high demand.

“We are confident we have enough doses,” Porter said, adding that she hopes there is a high demand for the kid-size doses of the vaccine.

Porter said currently the school sites are only for NYC public school students, but that the vaccines for kids will also be available for all eligible children at city-run vaccine sites, pharmacies and more.

The chancellor also responded to Mayor-elect Eric Adams’ harsh critique of the Department of Education on PIX11 News last week.

Adams told PIX11 last Wednesday that “one of the greatest embarrassments in our city is what’s happening with the Department of Education,” and that “the system is failing.”

Porter on Monday said that while she is excited for what Adams administration does when he takes office, she’s proud of the DOE.

“I am proud of the way our teachers, educators, leaders, everyone from our food service workers, all across our system that have showed up for our students,” Porter said. “The DOE is not just a system, but is a collection and a family of schools, and folks who work really hard every day to support young people,” she added.

Porter also said she has not been able to have a conversation with Adams about staying on as schools chancellor when he takes over in 2022.

“I’ve been super focused on doing the job, getting our system open, opening that amazing summer program that we ran, and ensuring that our school buildings and our communities are healthy and safe,” she said. “And so, I’m looking forward to continuing to do that, and we shall see what comes next.”

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