16-year-olds say that vaccination can “relieve” people


Hannah Riva Goldberg, who attends the Hebrew Academy in Nassau County, was the only person in her family of seven who was not infected with the coronavirus, she said on Tuesday.

The 16-year-old was among those over the age of 16 who were eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday. She took her first shot of Pfizer at a press conference at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park on Tuesday.

“I think it will reassure people,” she said when she learned that she had been vaccinated, and “I’m not dangerous to anyone.”

Dr. Sophiayan, director of general pediatrics at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that two doses of vaccination will allow teens to play sports, travel, and hug family and friends. I said that it will be. “It will be very easy to walk your life,” she said.

According to the State Health Department, people aged 16 and 17 must show the consent of their parent or legal guardian to fire. Authorities said parents or legal guardians must give direct or telephone consent when booking a vaccine. Of the three COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use by the federal government, only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can be given to ages 16 and 17.

Mary Omera, the superintendent of Plainview Old Bethpage School, said her school system is part of a multi-district mobile vaccination pod that includes Jericho, Chosset and Oyster Bay. When dosages become available next week, a mobile site will be set up in the Plainview-Old Bethpage district, the heart of the school system.

“If we can stop it from spreading among teens, we can stop it from spreading in home, classroom and school environments,” Omera said. “Students have access and we have the facilities to do that.”

Ron Masera, the superintendent of the Center Morichez district and chairman of the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association, said parents decide whether their children will be vaccinated, but the school will provide support.

“As a school, we promote education on responsible behavior, which includes information on vaccination eligibility,” he said. “The more people in our community are vaccinated, the closer we are to normal.”

He said it was too early to measure the impact on the start of the new school year in September, as vaccines for children under the age of 16 who make up the majority of the school district’s student population have not yet been approved.

“Vaccination can be a breakthrough for schools,” said Masera. “But things are evolving so rapidly that it’s difficult at this point … it’s hard to predict what that means in September, six months from now.”

Bill Heidenreich, director of the Valley Stream Central High School District and chairman of the Nassau County Superintendent’s Council, said some parents had contacted him and advised him to consult with a healthcare provider. ..

Heidenreich said that whenever a student makes a medical appointment, it is considered an allowed absence. Vaccinations fall into that category.

Newfield High School Senior Maggie Rasher will also be vaccinated on Tuesday and will get her first shot as soon as possible.

“It will allow us to have fun events that we are missing,” she said at her school in Selden, 18 years old. “I’m excited to participate in it. It’s cool to participate in making history.”

Newfield’s junior Liam Ortiz, 17, was already qualified through his job as a food server to get the vaccine and took a second shot on Tuesday.

“I missed a lot of opportunities to meet at events such as concerts and various award nights. If the majority of us are vaccinated next year, we hope to have these events next year as well. “He said. Said.

With Joan Glara

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