If someone in a NYC public school classroom tests positive for COVID this fall, fully vaccinated students and staff will not have to quarantine as long as they haven’t been infected and don’t have symptoms, city officials said Thursday.
Fully vaccinated students and staff do not have to quarantine as long as they haven’t been infected and don’t have symptoms, resulting in fewer disruptions to learning!
Vaccination provides a more stable learning environment because students who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine for 10 days if a student in their class has COVID-19. Vaccination has already greatly reduced COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, helping to reopen the city and deliver a brighter future. While vaccination is not required for school attendance, vaccination allows children to be in the classroom, participate in afterschool activities and sports, and gather with friends safely.
Getting your child vaccinated is safe, confidential, free, and easy. Here’s what you need to know:
- Visit nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692) to find a vaccination site near you. Many sites do not require an appointment.
- You can also request and receive at-home vaccination by visiting nyc.gov/homevaccine or calling 877-VAX-4NYC. In-home vaccination is free and available to all New Yorkers ages 12 and older.
- You do not need to provide proof of immigration status or a social security number to get vaccinated. Identification is only required for proof of age. If your child does not have an ID, you can attest to their age at the time of vaccination.
- You do not need health insurance to get vaccinated.
- For people under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must provide consent.
- Children aged 12 to 15 must be accompanied to the vaccination site by a parent or guardian, or another adult caregiver designated by the parent or guardian.
- Some sites allow children aged 16 and 17 to go to the site alone, but they still require parental consent in writing or by phone.
- All records and information associated with vaccination are kept strictly confidential.
- Vaccines are administered by trained medical professionals.
- On-site telephone interpretation in multiple languages will be available.
- The City is now offering $100 for anyone (including children) who gets their first dose at a City-run vaccination site or at home as part of the in-home vaccination program. To find a City-run site, visit NYC COVID-19 Vax4NYC Appointment Scheduler or call 877-VAX-4NYC. See here for more information about this and other incentives.
Pediatricians and other health care providers can help answer questions, and many are able to give the COVID-19 vaccine at a back-to-school check-up, along with other routine immunizations. If you need a provider, call 1-844-NYC-4NYC. NYC Health + Hospitals providers care regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.
If you have any questions, visit nyc.gov/covidvaccine for all the facts. We deeply appreciate your partnership in keeping our school communities safe and healthy.