New York State will open 10 of its Covid-19 mass vaccination sites to children ages 5 to 11 who became newly eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as it seeks to expand access beyond a network of doctors’ offices, local health departments, health centers and pharmacies.
Gov. Kathy Hochul said Saturday that she had instructed the mass vaccination sites to acquire pediatric doses and prepare to administer them at those locations, adding the state aims to eventually offer the shots at all 13 of its vaccination sites in the days ahead.
“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,” Governor Hochul said in a statement.
The selected sites include locations in three New York City boroughs as well as Yonkers, Glen Head and Stony Brook on Long Island, and the upstate cities of Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. The state encouraged parents and guardians to check its website for availability and to schedule appointments. Only the Stony Brook location was listing appointments for children in that age group on Saturday afternoon.
Source: NY Times