Kids ages 5 to 11 will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the five boroughs beginning Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday, a day after the CDC signed off on shots for the age group.
“We’re preparing – as soon as we get that final authorization – that tomorrow, tomorrow, city-run vaccination sites in New York City will be providing the Pfizer vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds,” he said during a virtual press briefing, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s clinical guidance for medical providers. “Tomorrow is going to be a historic day for this city in our fight against COVID as we reach our youngest New Yorkers.”
Dr. Dave Chokshi, the city’s health commissioner, noted that the federal guidance on clinical COVID-19 will likely be issued at some point Wednesday.
“The CDC’s clinical guidance, it’s called their ‘clinical considerations’, is very important because that includes a number of the safety checklists and safety considerations that many providers will be looking for to make sure that they take every single step that’s necessary to ensure the safe vaccination of children,” he explained during the news conference. “We’re expecting that sometime today”
In addition, beginning Monday, each Big Apple public school where kids in the age cohort attend classes will offer one day of in-building inoculations, de Blasio said.
On Tuesday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky approved the use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 just hours after an agency panel OK’d the shot, permitting about 28 million kids to begin getting their jabs as soon as this week.