May 9, 2022
Vaccine requirement to attend graduation previously waived
NEW YORK – New York Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor David C. Banks, in consultation with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene of the City of New York (DOHMH), today announced the waiver of the COVID-19 vaccination. requirement for New York public school proms. Previously, students were told they could attend graduation this year, regardless of their vaccination status.
Vaccination remains the best tool to fight COVID-19 and keep schools safe. But thanks to a combination of New York City’s benchmark health and safety efforts, fully immunized staff, and the continued care and resilience of school communities, students were able to remain in classrooms. class, learn and receive the support they need. The city strongly recommends that students wear a high-quality mask at prom and graduation.
“I am thrilled that starting this year, each of our young people will have the chance to celebrate all their hard work with a prom and graduation, regardless of their vaccination status,” said declared Mayor Adams. “Vaccinations have gotten us to where we are today, so I want to thank the millions of New Yorkers who have come out and been vaccinated, doing their part to keep our city safe. I encourage all those who have not yet been vaccinated to do so, and to all our students, congratulations!
“The health and safety of our students and staff is, and has been, my top priority,” said Chancellor banks. “Graduation and prom are such important occasions in the lives of our young people, which is why I am so happy that, thanks to the hard work of our school communities, we have arrived at a point where we can cross this. safe next step.”
“We are happy that young people can celebrate this joyful and unique milestone,” said New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan. “Vaccines remain a tool that saves lives. Masks worn indoors continue to reduce the risk of transmission. But another essential resource for health is togetherness and celebration – why these events are so essential in the lives of young people.
Today’s announcement is due to the success of the Stay Safe and Stay Open plan implemented by Mayor Adams and the DOE. While the DOE will no longer have a vaccination policy in place for proms and graduations, students attending ceremonies or events held at private locations will still be subject to that institution’s vaccination requirements.
Guests attending the graduation must still be vaccinated in order to enter a school building.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene strongly recommends testing before any event, providing students with at-home testing, and wearing makeup with high-quality masks, especially for those who wish benefit from an additional level of protection.
As a reminder, families with children who are eligible but not yet vaccinated against COVID-19 can book an appointment for vaccination at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov or call 311 to find a vaccination site. The vaccine is free to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration or insurance status.