COVID-19 Vaccines for School-Aged New Yorkers

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Young New Yorkers Are Encouraged to Get Vaccinated Today

Getting vaccinated is your child's best weapon against COVID-19 and the Delta variant.
COVID-19 Vaccines for School-Aged New Yorkers
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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 been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, which includes studies in adolescents.
  • 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, including the PfizerBioNTech vaccine.
  • 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.
Find a COVID-19 Vaccine for Your Child
Children ages 12 to 17 are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, which is available under Emergency Use Authorization for children ages 12 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, search 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.
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.

Frequently Asked Questions
What Are the Side Effects Your Child May Feel?

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 more by clicking the link.
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Looking for ready-made resources? Whether you are a parent, educator, school nurse, pediatric health care provider, or hosting a back-to-school event in your community, visit our assets page.

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 12 Remain Ineligible
Protect Unvaccinated Children

Children between the ages of 2-12 should wear a mask in public spaces and around people they don't live with.
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SUNY & CUNY Vaccination Requirements for Fall 2021
SUNY & CUNY students attending in-person and hybrid classes for the fall 2021 semester are required to be vaccinated.