On July 15, Freeport Public Schools offered COVID-19 vaccinations to students ages 12+, staff members and community residents by hosting the Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital COVID-19 Vaxmobile.
“Throughout this pandemic, our highest priority has always been the health and safety of our students, staff and community,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham said. “By bringing the Vaxmobile to Freeport High School, within walking distance for many families in our community, it provided easy access to this vitally important vaccine to all those eligible to receive it. This was made possible through our long-standing partnership with Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital and we thank them for working with us throughout this pandemic.”
Freeport students ages 12+, staff and community residents had the opportunity to receive either first or second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost during the event held in Freeport High School from 3-6 p.m.
“This is a wonderful partnership between Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital and the Freeport Public Schools that brings the best in medical care to the Freeport community,” said Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital Chairman of Medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases Dr. Aaron Glatt. “Our goal is to keep everyone out of the hospital. Our partnership with Freeport Public Schools makes access to excellent medical care including the COVID-19 vaccination easy and convenient for all students ages 12+, staff, and community residents.”
The vaccination process was conveniently arranged. Upon arrival, everyone was greeted by representatives of Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital, who assisted them with completing the paperwork and screening questionnaire. Those who were vaccinated received their vaccination cards and were monitored for several minutes before leaving.
Freeport High School 10th grade student John Morales was receiving his second dose. “Now that I am vaccinated, I am looking forward to being together with family and friends,” said Morales. “I feel much better, knowing that I don’t need to worry anymore about getting COVID-19.”
Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services and Special Education Dr. Helen Kanellopolous worked closely with Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital to coordinate the event. It was the fourth time the school district provided opportunity for those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“The ongoing partnership we have established with Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital is an invaluable resource for our students, staff and community residents,” said Kanellopolous. “We are pleased to provide this vital immunization opportunity to everyone who is eligible in a way that makes it convenient for them and at no cost.”