Nov. 15, 2021 -- Ten of New York’s mass COVID-19 vaccination sites across the state are now open to children between ages 5-11.

More than 50,000 children in New York have received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine since the CDC approved the shot for the newly eligible group.

“Parents have been waiting for the ability to protect their young children from COVID-19, and we are doing everything we can to make that possible,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement on Saturday.

“Since this 5- to 11-year-old age group became eligible, we have been encouraging parents to reach out to their pediatricians and local health providers to set up vaccine appointments,” she said. “Now I’m directing our state mass vaccination sites to open their doors to the youngest and most recently eligible New Yorkers.”

The pediatric vaccines, which are the same formulation as the adult vaccine but one-third of the dose, are being administered primarily at doctor’s offices, local health departments, pharmacies, and health centers. Now Hochul has asked the state’s mass vaccination sites to acquire pediatric doses as well.

The 10 mass vaccination sites span across the state, with locations in Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and elsewhere. Parents and guardians can schedule appointments online.

Nationwide, more than 20,000 pharmacies, clinics, and physicians’ offices are offering the pediatric vaccine to younger kids, according to The Associated Press.

About 28 million U.S. kids between ages 5-11 are now eligible for the pediatric vaccine. Nearly 1 million kids under age 12 have received their first shot since the pediatric dose was authorized in early November, according to the latest CDC data.

Those who get their first dose by the end of this week will be fully vaccinated by Christmas.

Show Sources

CBS News: “10 New York mass COVID vaccination sites open to children 5-11.”

New York State: “Governor Hochul Announces 10 State Mass Vaccination Sites Now Open to 5 to 11 Year-Olds.” “COVID-19 Vaccine: Safe, Effective, Free.”

The Associated Press: “‘Strong’ start to kids vaccine campaign, but challenges loom.”

CDC: “Demographic Characteristics of People Receiving COVID-19 Vaccinations in the United States.”

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