Children ages 5 and up are eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Kids getting their first vaccine dose at schools and city-run clinics and pop-up sites are eligible for a $100 debit card and other incentives.
City employees may take up to four hours of excused leave per child for travel during scheduled work hours to accompany a child or children to receive a COVID-19 vaccine for each required administration of the vaccine. The employee should give their supervisor three days’ notice. For more details, please speak to your union rep.
In partnership with the City’s vaccination effort, some school sites are offering the first dose of Pfizer vaccinations to eligible students ages 5-11 during November. No appointment is needed, just walk in with your student on the day of your school’s pop-up vaccine site. It’s quick and easy, and will help keep your student, your family, and your school community safe.
Following the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of the vaccine for emergency use, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the use of smaller doses of the Pfizer vaccine for kids 5 to 11 years old. The New York State Health Department recently approved pharmacies, pediatricians and family doctors to receive an initial 300,000 children’s doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine. Like adults, kids must take two shots, three weeks apart, to be fully vaccinated.
A $100 debit card is available to any child getting their first vaccine dose at a city-run vaccination site or public school site. Parents and legal guardians can visit the NYC Dept. of Education website to find out what nearby school is a pop-up site, consent, and other incentives like tickets to the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Cyclones, and more.
If you or someone else you know is still in need of a vaccine, you can visit one of the hundreds of sites across the city offering appointments or walk-up vaccines at no cost.