Young New Yorkers Are Encouraged to Get Vaccinated
As of November 3, 2021, children ages 5 – 11 are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and will protect New York’s children and adolescents from the virus.
COVID-19 vaccines have undergone – and will continue to undergo – the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Young New Yorkers 5 – 17 can receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Below you will find information and resources including frequently asked questions and answers, resources, and scheduling information for each eligible age group.
Vaccine appointments for children ages 5 - 11 are now available at New York State mass vaccination sites. Vaccines are also widely available through your child's pediatrician, family physician, local county health department, FQHC, or pharmacy.
To find a provider, in addition to the information above, New York parents and guardians can visit vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you. Make sure that the provider offers the Pfizer vaccine. Parents and guardians of children 5 – 11 are encouraged to reach out to their child’s pediatrician.
Get a COVID-19 vaccine for your child as soon as you can.
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free.
- COVID-19 vaccines have undergone – and will continue to undergo – the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.
- Vaccinating children will help protect them from getting COVID-19 and reduce their risk of severe disease, hospitalizations, or developing long-term COVID-19 complications.
- COVID-19 cases in children can result in hospitalizations, deaths, MIS-C (inflammatory syndromes) and long-term complications, such as “long COVID,” in which symptoms can linger for months.
- According to the CDC, the spread of the Delta variant resulted in a surge of COVID-19 cases in children throughout the summer.
- Similar to what was seen in adult vaccine trials, the vaccine was nearly 91 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 among children aged 5-11 years in vaccine trials.
- In clinical trials, vaccine side effects were mild, self-limiting, and similar to those seen in adults and with other vaccines recommended for children. The most common side effect was a sore arm.
Get the facts about the COVID-19 vaccine for children.
- Your child will need a second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 3 weeks after their first shot.
- Your child can't get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine, include the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
- The vaccine cannot cause fertility issues for your child, and the vaccine cannot change their DNA.
- Your child may get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit or at separate visits without any waiting period between vaccines.
Prepare for your child’s vaccination visit.
- Get tips for how to support your child before, during, and after the visit.
- Talk to your child before the visit about what to expect.
- It's okay to ask questions. Talk to your child's healthcare provider or a trusted licensed medical professional in your community about concerns you many have. You can also visit the dedicated resources and FAQs.
- Tell the doctor or nurse about any allergies your child may have.
- Comfort your child during the appointment.
- To prevent fainting and injuries related to fainting, your child should be seated or lying down during vaccination and for 15 minutes after the vaccine is given.
- After your child’s COVID-19 vaccination, you will be asked to stay for 15–30 minutes so your child can be observed in case they have a severe allergic reaction and need immediate treatment.
Kids can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 as well as spread it to others.
Kids are at risk of "long COVID," which means they can have lingering symptoms from COVID-19 even after initial symptoms go away.
The CDC recommends that kids get the COVID-19 vaccine even if they already have contracted the virus.
Children who received a COVID-19 vaccine in New York State are eligible for Excelsior Pass. Parents can retrieve and store Passes on behalf of their children if desired.