His family knew about 20 people who had died from Covid-19, including two people in their apartment building and church members.
Julian, an eighth grader, texted his friends: “I just got my vaccine.”
In Brooklyn, a seventh grader got a surprise vaccination.
Berrit Nordlander-Borowski had been looking forward to getting vaccinated, but said she didn’t feel the need to get it immediately. Her mother, Betsy Nordlander, had other plans. She booked an appointment Wednesday night.
“I surprised her,” Ms. Nordlander said. “She woke up this morning to hear, ‘Guess what?’”
Berrit said she’s excited to hang out again with her friends, though she has enjoyed remote learning. Now, Berrit’s sister, the 9½-year-old Astrid, is the only unvaccinated family member.
“I feel kind of left out, but I know that soon enough I will probably be able to get the vaccine,” Astrid said. “But I wish I could have it now.”
Teenagers in the Bronx encouraged their friends to get vaccinated.
Zenaida Hill and her teenage daughters, Maya and Loida, said they have plenty of plans to look forward to after getting vaccinated, like a family reunion and spending more time outside. Maya, 15, was so eager that she booked the appointment herself.
After she got her shot, Maya messaged her friends encouraging them to get vaccinated. Loida, 13, said she was happy to be able to start the ninth grade in person this fall.
“I’ll tell generations after me how we got through this,” Loida said, “and that many people got the vaccine and we were able to overcome Covid-19.