Gov. Kathy Hochul announced new #VaxForKids pop-up vaccination sites to increase vaccination rates among children and adolescents. The new sites support the state's goal of ensuring New York children 5 years and older get vaccinated and keep up with all recommended coronavirus vaccine doses, including the booster. The State Department of Health is working with localities, community-based organizations, and health care centers on-the-ground to establish these sites in all regions of the state. Partners, host sites and outreach efforts will be tailored to best meet the needs of the communities they serve.
"Vaccination is key to protecting our children's health from COVID-19," Hochul said. "The vaccine is free, doctor-approved, and hundreds of thousands of parents have already gotten their children vaccinated. Through our #VaxForKids campaign, we are building on our ongoing efforts to bring the vaccine directly to New York families across every region of the state. There's simply no wait to vaccinate."
State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said, "In partnership with community-based organizations, 58 new #VaxForKids sites are coming online this week, so getting children vaccinated is even easier for parents and guardians. Without protection from the COVID-19 vaccine, children remain at risk for severe disease and even hospitalization. We urge parents and guardians statewide to get their children fully vaccinated and boosted, when eligible. Vaccination is their best protection against the virus."
A community-based medical professional will be available at each site to answer any questions parents and guardians may have.
#VaxForKids will be held from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino’s Seneca Niagara Events Center, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls. Vaccine types include Pfizer-BioNTech, Janssen/J&J, Moderna and seasonal flu.
Register children ages 5-plus for a first dose here; 5-plus for a second dose here; booster dose here; ages 18-plus Janssen/J&J single dose here; or seasonal flu here. The Niagara County Department of Health is the event partner.
Children ages 5 and up are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. As of Jan. 7, adolescents 12 and older are eligible for a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least five months after completing their initial vaccine series. Additionally, children ages 5-11 with certain immunocompromising conditions are now eligible for an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least 28 days after completing their initial vaccine series. Pediatric providers, parents and guardians can visit ny.gov/VaxForKids, ny.gov/Boosters, ny.gov/GetTheVaxFacts, or watch the health commissioner's new PSA here.
In addition to the state's pop-up and mass-vaccination sites, New Yorkers can visit vaccines.gov, text their ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find nearby locations. Parents and guardians can also contact their child's pediatrician, family physician, county health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), rural health centers, or pharmacies that may be administering the vaccine to this age group.