Written by Steve Cannon for USSA News.
- Schools in New York City are accepting migrant children without required vaccinations
- An estimated 11,000 migrant children have enrolled in New York City schools since summer
- A recent chickenpox case at Simon Baruch Middle School highlights the issue
- City health department has not released records on outbreaks this school year
While New York teachers and other city and state workers are being fired for not complying with the Covid vaccine mandate, schools in New York City are forced to accept migrant children without proof of any immunizations. An estimated 11,000 migrant children have enrolled in New York City Department of Education schools since the summer, and the flood of migrant families into the city is putting vulnerable families at risk.
A recent chickenpox case at Simon Baruch Middle School in Gramercy Park highlights the issue. A parent at the school reported that five migrant children were absent for a few days after the announcement of the case, and that hundreds of children entering the school from countries where the same childhood vaccinations are not available is putting vulnerable families at risk.
A top city health official recently told the City Council that a surprising number of migrant children who have never had a single shot are arriving in New York City. While the city Health Department tracks outbreaks, they have not released records on outbreaks this school year.