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City to Start Vaccinating Children 5 to 11 for COVID-19 Starting Thursday

COVID-19 Vaccine (Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

Nov. 3, 2021 By Allie Griffin

New York City will be ready to vaccinate children five to 11 years old for COVID-19 at city-run sites starting Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today.

Children as young as five will be able to get a pediatric dose of the Pfizer vaccine at city-run sites beginning Nov. 4. The announcement comes one day after the FDA and CDC approved the shot for youngsters under 12.

“Tomorrow’s going to be a historic day for the city in our fight against COVID as we reach our youngest New Yorkers,” de Blasio said during a press conference. “So, city-run sites will be up and running, ready to go.”

The city will also utilize school buildings to get the shot into more children’s arms. Starting Monday, Nov. 8, each public school that serves children five- to 11-years-old will host a one-day vaccination drive on campus.

“Every school will have one day that’s their vaccination day – easy, convenient, free, as always,” de Blasio said.

The drives will be held in schools across the five boroughs on a rolling basis, de Blasio said.

A parent or guardian must provide consent in order for a child to be vaccinated.

Children under age 12 will receive a lower dose of the Pfizer vaccine than adults—with a smaller needle. Like adults, they will need to get two doses approximately three weeks apart.

City health officials said that children generally face milder side effects from vaccinations than adults—if any at all.

“In general, children bounce back much faster than adults,” said Dr. Mitch Katz, president of city’s public hospital system. “And I think the side effects that we will see will be very minimal and probably, for most kids, just be a little bit of pain in the arm and a few tears during the time of getting the shot.”

While children have been less vulnerable to severe COVID-19 infection, there have been more than 8,300 coronavirus-related hospitalizations of kids five- to 11-years-old — with a third requiring intensive care in the U.S., the Associated Press reported, citing government data.

The CDC has also recorded at least 94 fatalities related to COVID-19 in the same age group.

To make an appointment at a city-run vaccine site, visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov. Only sites that offer the Pfizer vaccine can administer shots to children 11 and younger.

The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have yet to get approval for usage in kids.

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Francisco

I booked an appointment to get a flu shot at a big chain pharmacy and they told me they ran out. What was annoying is that i made the appointment like an hour before i showed up the same day online only to waste my time and come to an understanding that no one knows what they are doing. The pharmacists had such an attitude and offered no apology. Now i know why people record interactions and post them online when they are dissatisfied with a service. So i tried to make an appointment with my primary doctor and there is a month and a half wait to see him. Our healthcare system sucks if you are poor. You should be able to see any doctor you want with any healthcare insurance. That is how they segregate people. Get your kids vaccinated. If you dont now people act like you deserve it if you get sick.

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Is dumblazzio going to FORCE the children to get the vaccine

Like he’s doing to everyone else in this city???

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nuh-uh

but harris and biden said we shouldnt trust the trump vaccine.
Now you want me to give it my kids?
border, inflation, Afghanistan, covid, economy, jobs, … they cant do anything right and now im supposed to trust what biden and harris say?

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There is stupid then there is Fox Stupid

Trumper – You sound like a Trump heretic. If you’re going to worship at the Trump alter, never question Trumps deal making ability. No deal Trump puts together should be questioned or altered by the likes of sleepy Joe Biden ( So sleepy he’s stealing elections, working back office deals and passing trillion dollar infrastructure deals) If you’re going to worship at the Trump alter you must read the word of Trump in his great book “The Art Of The Deal”. Kindly remember the Pfizer drug was developed in Germany with a German business partner and refused US Federal money in its development so as not to deal with your lord and savior.

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Gia

People voted for Eric Adams who supports most if not all of the de blasio vaccine mandates. Media tries to label people that protest as trump supporters. They tend to showcase whites protesting only in nyc and avoid showing poc on news outlets.

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