New York has launched a new website to help people find newly approved COVID-19 vaccines for ages 5 to 11.
Governor Kathy Hochul revealed the website on Friday and posted additional details on the rollout of Pfizer-BioNtech’s COVID-19 vaccination for the age group.
The website, ny.gov/Vaxforkids, includes clinical advice as well as additional appointment booking information and resources.
The website also links to the federal site, vaccines.gov, which has a search tool that allows people to find health care providers, pharmacies, and other sites that make appointments for pediatric vaccines, as well as COVID-19 vaccines for other age groups. People wishing to make vaccine appointments can also call the federal hotline, 1-800-232-0233.
Pfizer-BioNTech’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the New State Clinical Advisory Task Force. York. Injections are already given to children by some state medical providers.
“This is the moment we have all been waiting for, the opportunity to protect more of our children from this dangerous virus,” Hochul said in a statement Friday.
“As we approach the holiday season, I urge all parents and guardians to contact their pediatricians and family physicians to have their children aged 5 to 11 vaccinated against COVID-19,” she added.
The network of pediatricians, family physicians, county health departments, federally licensed health centers, rural health centers and pharmacies statewide are ready to vaccinate the newly eligible group, said. declared Hochul.
The Department of Health also continues to recruit hundreds of pediatricians and other pediatric care providers across the state, as part of its efforts to ensure that the vaccine is free, readily available, and accessible to all children. New York, she added.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine – with 1/3 the dose given to adolescents and adults – has been shown to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children 5 to 11 years old.
In addition, clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine have reported no serious side effects in the age group, although safety trials of around 5,000 children have not been large enough to identify any effects. secondary rare, USA TODAY reported.
Following: Here’s how COVID-19 impacted 5-11 year olds in New York City.
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