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Now, more children than ever can get the best protection available for COVID-19.

After rigorous research, trials, and evaluation, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is now approved and available for children aged 5–11 years old!

Available for free at sites across the five boroughs, Pfizer’s children’s vaccine helps protect children from COVID-19-related infection, severe illness, or even death. As the only FDA/CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccine for children, the Pfizer children’s vaccine is two doses, given 21 days apart. This dose is smaller than the dosage given to people who are 12 years old and beyond. You do not need to have health insurance or share your immigration status to have your child vaccinated.

We strongly recommend that everyone aged 5 years and up get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, even if they have already had COVID-19 previously. Getting vaccinated also protects others, including grandparents and relatives who have medical conditions that increase their risk for severe COVID-19. By being vaccinated, you and your children can take an important stand for your community and help stop the spread of the virus.

If you have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, you can visit the City’s official COVID-19 Vaccine page or call (212) COVID-19 (212-268-4319). Please also speak with your health provider with any questions or concerns that you may have that are specific to any particular medical conditions that you may be experiencing.

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Children’s Vaccine Available at 1,000+ NYC Schools Beginning 11/8

Beginning Monday, November 8, NYC public school sites across the five boroughs will be offering the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to eligible students, ages 5–11.

The process is free, quick, and easy—no health insurance or appointment is needed. Parents/guardians can simply walk in with their students on their school’s designated vaccination date. Vaccines are administered by trained medical professionals, and all records and information associated with vaccination are kept confidential.

In addition, on-site telephone interpretation will be available in multiple languages.

To see when your school is offering vaccines for 5–11 year olds, contact your school or check out our School Vaccine Sites webpage.

Note that students aged 5–11 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or by an adult designated by a parent or guardian, to receive their vaccine. If a student is accompanied by an adult who is not the student’s parent or guardian, the vaccine provider must either obtain verbal consent from the student’s parent or guardian by phone at the time of vaccination, or request a completed consent form that has been signed by the student’s parent or guardian. A copy of this consent form can also be found on our School Vaccine Sites webpage.

Get $100 Per Vaccinated Child

New Yorkers can get $100, free tickets, memberships, or other gifts for getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Learn more by visiting the City’s COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives page.

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Have concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine? Speak directly with your child’s health provider. (Photo by Kamaji Ogino. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found on Pexels.)


RSVP for an Online Talk with Medical Experts on 11/16

Have questions about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine for children?

Weill Cornell Medicine’s Dr. Sallie Permar, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and Dr. Jay K. Varma, professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences, are hosting an online talk for City families on Tuesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. 

To participate, register online for free on the American Museum of Natural History’s event webpage. Note that this event will take place on Zoom.


Remember, everyone—our recovery starts with YOU.

On behalf of the NYC Department of Education, we thank all of our medical professionals and agency partners who are helping New Yorkers to get through the COVID-19 pandemic!

Banner photo by CDC. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found on Pexels.

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