Pfizer could make schools safer


Charter schools in the Bronx have something to be excited about: Pfizer is nearing emergency authorization to make coronavirus vaccine shots available to children between 5 and 11.

In fact, such an authorization could be in place before October is over.

“This is an important step for our children,” sad Miriam Raccah, executive director for the Bronx Charter School for the Arts, in a release.

“The last 19 months have been incredibly difficult for students, families and schools across the nation. An emergency authorized vaccine may be in sight for younger learners in the months ahead is a very positive sign.”

Right now, vaccines are only available to people 12 and older. That has left pre-adolescents exposed to the virus, which many now say has become a pandemic of the non-vaccinated.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a hearing for Pfizer’s emergency authorization request for Oct. 26.


New freshmen at Hamilton College

Hamilton College has welcomed two new students with roots locally.

Hannah Lipskar and Samantha Trombone have just begun their freshman years at the school, located in Oneida County.

Lipskar is a graduate of Horace Mann School, while Trombone is a product of Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy.

The school is named for the famed U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, who originally sat on the school’s board of trustees.

And a bit closer to home, spring semester was a good one for Zoe Velasquez and Julia Richards-Benfatti, who were named to the president’s list at the fashion business-focused LIM College in Midtown.

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