Children ages 5 to 11 can get vaccinated against COVID-19 in the city starting Thursday, Mayor de Blasio said on the heels of federal health authorities giving the final all-clear for the pediatric shots.
All city-run vaccine sites will be able to administer the shots to youngsters, and a vaccination drive for the 5-11 age group will begin at public schools across the five boroughs next week, de Blasio said in his daily briefing Wednesday.
“Tomorrow’s going to be a historic day for this city in our fight against COVID as we reach our youngest New Yorkers,” the mayor said.
As of now, only Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine has been authorized for use in the 5-11 age group.
Starting next week, de Blasio said vaccination drives will take place on a rolling basis at every public school in the city that teaches children ages 5 to 11, with about 200 schools per day expected to participate.
COVID-19 vaccines have proven remarkably safe and effective in preventing the deadly virus.
Though some minor side effects are common post-vaccination, kids rarely experience them, said Dr. Mitchell Katz, the CEO of the city’s public hospital system.
“In general, children bounce back much faster than adults do from vaccination,” Katz said. “I think that the side effects that we will see will be very minimal and probably for most kids just a little bit of pain in the arm and a few tears.”
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