How to book COVID vaccine for ages 5 to 11 in NY? New state website helps people find shots
New York launched a new website to help people find recently approved COVID-19 vaccines for ages 5 to 11.
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday revealed the website and released additional details about the rollout of the Pfizer-BioNtech's COVID-19 vaccination for the age group.
The website, ny.gov/Vaxforkids, includes clinical guidance and additional information and resources for booking appointments.
The website also links to the federal site, vaccines.gov, which features a search tool that allows people to find health providers, pharmacies and other sites booking appointments for the pediatric shots, as well as COVID-19 vaccines for other age groups. People seeking to book vaccine appointments can also call the federal hotline, 1-800-232-0233.
The Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as New York State's Clinical Advisory Task Force. The shots are already being administered to children by some medical providers in the state.
"This is the moment all of us have been waiting for, the opportunity to protect more of our children from this dangerous virus," Hochul said in a statement Friday.
"As we head into the holiday season, I urge all parents and guardians to reach out to their pediatricians and family physicians to get their 5 - 11 year-olds vaccinated against COVID-19," she added.
The network of pediatricians, family physicians, county health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers, rural health centers and pharmacies statewide is ready to vaccinate the newly eligible group, Hochul said.
The Department of Health also continues to enroll hundreds more pediatricians and other pediatric healthcare providers across the state, as part of its effort to ensure the vaccine is free, readily available and accessible to all of New York's children, she added.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine — with 1/3 of the dosage than is given to adolescents and adults — was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children 5 through 11 years of age.
Further, the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials reported no serious side effects in the age group, though the safety trials of about 5,000 children were not large enough to identify rare side effects, USA TODAY reported.
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