Young New Yorkers Are Encouraged to Get Vaccinated Today
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.
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 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.
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.
Learn more about what you and your school-aged child can do when you have been fully vaccinated.