COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Adolescents

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Young New Yorkers Are Encouraged to Get Vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and will help protect eligible children and adolescents ages 5 – 17.
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Adolescents


As of November 3, 2021, children ages 5 – 11 are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, children 5 - 11 with certain immunocompromising conditions who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least 28 days ago are eligible for an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

New Yorkers 12 years and older who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least five months ago are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and will protect New York’s children and adolescents from the virus.

Below you will find information and resources including frequently asked questions and answers, resources, and scheduling information for each eligible age group.

Find a COVID-19 Vaccine for Your Child
Children and adolescents ages 5 to 17 are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which is available under Emergency Use Authorization for children ages 5 to 15 and is fully approved for those age 16 and older. The other COVID-19 vaccines are not yet authorized or approved for this age group.

To find a provider, in addition to the information above, New York parents and guardians can visit, 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 the Facts
It's Safe and Effective

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 Catch COVID-19

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.

What Side Effects May My Child Feel?
Frequently Asked Questions
Your child may not notice any changes in how they feel after getting the vaccine. But it’s also possible to feel a little under the weather. This can happen after any vaccine. Read all the FAQs for specific age groups.

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.

Kids Under 5 Remain Ineligible
Protect Unvaccinated Children

Children between the ages of 2 - 5 should wear a mask in public spaces and around people they don't live with.
Father putting mask on young child
SUNY & CUNY Vaccination Requirements
SUNY & CUNY students attending in-person and hybrid classes are required to be vaccinated.