Dear Bronx Community:
One year into the pandemic, our communities are still overcoming incredible challenges. From our essential workers and small businesses, to local volunteers and community leaders, we’ve stood together.
Bronx schools, its teachers and leaders have served as a hub for resources and information about the vaccine. They have partnered with medical experts to communicate the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, knowing that the best way to bring our children back into classrooms for in-person learning is to make sure we vaccinate as many people in our community as possible.
For public charter schools like us, we are doing our part too. That’s why we’re releasing this new video entitled “Why I Got The Shot,” to emphasize the importance of inoculation for all those eligible. The vaccine is key for our students and teachers to safely return to classrooms and bring the community one step closer to normalcy.
This has no doubt been an incredibly difficult year for the entire Bronx community. We want to thank our Bronx school leaders and teachers for their continued commitment to the children of our community. To ensure we come out stronger than when we went in, we want to encourage everyone to get the shot to keep our schools and communities safe. Our kids are counting on us.
SIGN YOUR NAME TO THANK BRONX TEACHERS
WHY I GOT THE SHOT
KEY FACTS ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINES
Schools everywhere and especially in the Bronx have been deeply affected by COVID-19. To effectively and safely have all of our kids back into physical classrooms, we must vaccinate as many members of our community as possible.
Throughout March, Bronx public charter schools partnered with local physicians from SOMOS Community Care – a network of over 2,500 medical providers in the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn – to host bilingual virtual forums for school staff, students, parents, and families where they discussed commonly asked questions, addressed concerns and dispelled myths about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Additional Resources for Teachers
As vaccine distribution expands, there are resources for families and teachers to learn more about the vaccine timeline, eligibility, and appointment scheduling.
- In the Bronx, Borough President Diaz’s office has set up a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments page for more information about local borough appointments.
- To check your eligibility to receive the vaccine and find distribution sites, you can visit the official New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Page, NYC Health and Hospitals, or SOMOS Vaccinations for the current and upcoming timelines for eligibility, as well as information about appointments and scheduling options.
- New York City’s Vaccine Finder displays both city- and privately-run locations like pharmacies and local clinics on a map, detailing vaccines available at each site, scheduling options and directions.
- Similarly, NYC Vaccine List searches over 700 vaccine sites across the city and lists appointments as they become available in real-time in one place. TurboVax uses a similar process to list appointments at over 400 city and state sites throughout New York.
- For additional help scheduling vaccination appointments, the New York COVID-19 Vaccine Assistance Form was launched by volunteers to provide New Yorkers with a form to submit requests for help.
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