With the partial re-opening of schools on Tuesday, the city’s Covid-19 vaccination site has been moved from International High School to the Division of Health in downtown Paterson.
Municipal officials had been running their mass vaccination efforts from the high school since early January. Mayor Andre Sayegh said the city had to move because teachers were returning to the building.
“With the district’s plan to restore in-person instruction in school buildings underway, the district and the city came to an agreement and the city has moved its vaccination program to the Paterson Department of Health and Human Services,” said Paul Brubaker, spokesman for the Paterson Public Schools.
Nurses began administering the vaccine at the Division of Health on Tuesday morning.
“The vaccines are safe and effective. We have a responsibility to get people vaccinated, and whether at a mobile unit location on demand or at a makeshift tent at the Health Department; we will get the job done,” said health officer Paul Persaud.
Persaud’s team is also taking the vaccine to residents in the neighborhoods through the city’s mobile health unit.
Schools superintendent Eileen Shafer ordered teachers to return to classrooms beginning June 1. She also wants special education and bilingual students to return to schools on June 8.
Paterson schools have been remote since March 2020.
Updated 2:18 p.m.