In a rare siding with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa on Saturday ripped his Democratic opponent Eric Adams for declaring he’d require COVID-19 vaccinations for school kids — provided the FDA approves it.
During an unrelated Bronx rally, Sliwa claimed Adams doesn’t have school children’s best interests at heart, agreeing with Hizzoner for opting not to require the shot for students because it might deter them from coming to class.
“I actually agree for the second time in eight years with Bill de Blasio” – the first was the creation of universal pre-kindergarten, said Sliwa. “I believe, as he has said, that we are not going to kick kids out of school because they are not vaccinated.”
“We are going to keep them in school,” he said. “We are going to figure out a way to maintain their education because after a year-and-a-half of keeping them home from the public schools we owe these families and children an opportunity to learn.”
Sliwa’s remarks come a day after Adams, the frontrunner to replace de Blasio, said he’d support a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for school children “like we mandate with other vaccinations” if the federal Food and Drug Administration approves it.
The FDA is expected to green light the vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11 as early as this month.
De Blasio has backed a vaccine mandate for Department of Education staff and teachers but not students.