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10 state mass-vaccination sites now open to 5- to 11-year-olds


Sat, Nov 13th 2021 01:05 pm

State sites to complement established network of pediatricians, family physicians, county health departments, pharmacies, rural & federally qualified health centers and school-based clinics

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday announced 10 of New York's mass-vaccination sites will now be administering COVID-19 vaccines to newly eligible 5- to 11-year-olds.

Following the CDC's recommendation of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children in this age group, the state's clinical advisory task force endorsed the CDC recommendation. Guidance was issued to providers and, since that time, more than 50,000 children in this age group have received the first dose of the vaccine.

"Parents have been waiting for the ability to protect their young children from COVID-19, and we are doing everything we can to make that possible," Hochul said. "Since this 5- to 11-year-old age group became eligible, we have been encouraging parents to reach out to their pediatricians and local health providers to set up vaccine appointments, and now I'm directing our state mass-vaccination sites to open their doors to the youngest and most recently eligible New Yorkers."

The vaccines are currently being administered by a network of pediatricians, family physicians, local health departments, rural and federally qualified health centers and pharmacies. To expedite and expand this effort, the governor has asked the state mass-vaccination sites to acquire pediatric doses and prepare to vaccinate, with all 13 sites preparing to do so in the days ahead.

The following locations will be administering vaccines for 5-to 11-year-olds:

√ The Great New York State Fair – Art and Home Center, Syracuse

√ SUNY Old Westbury – Clark Athletic Center, Glen Head

√ Crossgates Mall, Former Lord & Taylor Store – Upper Level, Albany

√ Aqueduct Racetrack, South Ozone Park

√ Rochester Educational Opportunity Center, Rochester

√ Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn

√ Bay Eden Senior Center, Bronx

√ New York National Guard Armory, Yonkers

√ SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook

√ University at Buffalo South Campus, Buffalo

Hochul’s team said, “Parents and guardians can make appointments at state mass-vaccination sites here. Additionally, parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their child's pediatrician, family physician, health centers, pharmacies or other providers for vaccination information and to schedule appointments.

“Parents and guardians are also encouraged to visit the state's new website, ny.gov/VaxForKids, for information, frequently asked questions and new resources about the COVID-19 vaccine for children. The state has recently added ready-made materials to support pediatric providers and localities administering the vaccine to children on-the-ground, including new posters and stickers. …

“Make sure that any site or provider offers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, as the other COVID-19 vaccines are not yet authorized for this age group.”

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