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COVID-19 Vaccinations, Resources Available for School-Age Kids in NY

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021   

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended a new version of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11, and experts are offering additional resources for parents to learn more about the vaccine as the option is made available in New York.

There are 1.5 million kids in New York now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Emily Lutterloh, director of Epidemiology at the New York State Department of Health, said during a news conference with Gov. Kathy Hochul vaccinations are safe, and key to keeping kids safe amidst the pandemic, especially as the holiday season approaches.

"So if you're a parent, ask your pediatrician if they'll be giving the COVID-19 vaccine," Lutterloh advised. "Talk to them about any concerns you have, be sure to get the facts from a trusted, reliable source, like your doctor, and then make your appointments."

There are more than 140 mobile vaccination sites around the state to increase access among school-age children. New Yorkers can find more information at ny.gov/Vaxforkids or at 1-800-232-0233.

Dr. Ron Yee, chief medical officer for the National Association of Community Health Centers, said despite its availability, he doesn't expect all eligible kids will step up and get a vaccine right away.

"There'll be some, like we saw with the adults, that immediately come in," Yee noted. "There's going to be some that come in later, there's going to be some on the fence. And there's going to be some that start with, 'No, I don't want to get this.'"

Community Health Centers have been caring for those living in poverty and other hard-to-reach populations since the mid-1960s. To date, the centers have completed nearly 16 million vaccines.


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