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Big protection is now available for little New Yorkers.

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The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved for all children aged six months and older!

With the first day of the 2022–23 school year right around the corner, we strongly recommend that all eligible individuals get their COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible, even if they have already had COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccine is the best defense against COVID-19 infection, severe illness, or even death, and it is available across all five boroughs regardless of immigration or insurance status. There are two vaccine options (external PDF) for children under the age of five:

  • Pfizer, a three-dose vaccination for children between the ages of six months and four years old
  • Moderna, a two-dose vaccination for children between the ages of six months and five years old.

Both vaccine options have been throughly studied and are safe and effective for children.

To make a vaccination appointment near you, visit the City’s Vaccine Finder website or call 311—the process is free, quick, and easy. No health insurance is needed, and all records and information associated with vaccination will be kept confidential. Children under the age of 15 must have an adult with them in order to receive the vaccine, and all children under the age of 18 must have parental consent.

Vaccination protects against serious illness and long-term health effects from COVID-19, which can affect both children and adults. Getting vaccinated also helps protect our loved ones and community members, especially those who are at an increased risk for severe COVID-19. By getting vaccinated, you and your children will help keep your family, your school, and your community healthy and stop the spread of the virus.

Young girl sitting in a doctor's office and looking at her shoulder where a nurse is affixing a post-vaccine band-aid.

Use the City’s Vaccine Finder to find a location where you can schedule a vaccination appointment for your child.

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). If you have specific questions about an underlying medical condition or medication, please reach out to your healthcare provider to discuss the best vaccination options for you.

On behalf of the NYC Department of Education, we thank all of our families who are doing their part in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic!


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

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