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Here’s how to get the COVID vaccine for your child or toddler in New York City

This story is part of “Missing them, ”COVID-19 Memorial and Accountability Journalism Project in collaboration with the city. Do you know a child who has lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19? Tell us more Here.

Some younger New Yorkers vaccinated for COVID-19 on Wednesday because the vaccine was first available to children under the age of 5.

By 9am, a line was formed outside the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in Crown Heights – and now 10 new vaccine centers have opened in New York – and parents are eager to vaccinate their children and toddlers.

“This is a great consolation. It is a great thing to have peace of mind, ”said Shehzad Nadeem, after her 2-year-old daughter got the first shot.

He received an appointment at 9:45 pm Tuesday through the city’s Vaccine Finder, shortly after he became available.

“It’s a mix of emotions, including happiness,” he said. “Everyone has experienced a lot.”

Travis Donia and Stephanie Y brought their 19-month-old daughter to vaccinate. Despite the initial “frustrating” experience of making appointments appear on the city’s Vaccine Finder website on Tuesday night – a problem Called Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine said the “unacceptable” – Donia’s experience went smoothly in the end.

“It’s one of the most important and effective things to keep her and the community safe,” she said.

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum presents vaccination shots for children under five on June 22, 2022.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for all children 6 months and older. But some parents do not share Nadeem and Donia’s enthusiasm about getting a shot for their children.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor, one in five parents of children under the age of 5 are eager to vaccinate their children immediately, which tracks the public’s attitude toward the COVID-19 vaccine. Four out of ten parents reported having to “watch out” before deciding to vaccinate, and four in ten said they were reluctant to vaccinate their young children.

Despite those hesitations, the Health Commissioner Dr. City health officials’ moods floated Wednesday morning as Ashwin Vasan and Mayor Eric Adams toured the New Times Square Vaccine Center for Children.

“We’ve been waiting two and a half years for this moment to protect our little ones,” Vasan said. “It’s a good day. This is a great day for our city. This is a great day for our country.

Should you vaccinate your child under the age of 5?

More than 40,000 New Yorkers have died from COVID-19 since March 2020, according to the city’s COVID-19 tracker.

According to researchers, children and adults are more likely to get COVID-19, although children are less likely to get serious illnesses. Since the beginning of the epidemic, 1 in 6 children under the age of 5 in New York City have been infected with COVID, according to data from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. According to city statistics, children under the age of 5 are more likely to be hospitalized with Kovid than children aged 5-17 years.

Ellington, a board-certified pediatrician and neonatologist, said it is important to vaccinate against COVID as young children are particularly vulnerable.

“Children [younger] More than 5 members of our society are at high risk for infectious diseases because their immune systems are immature, ”Ellington said. “We have seen as the epidemic continues, particularly as vaccination has emerged, it will be zero on those who are not vaccinated.”

The COVID vaccine for infants and young children is similar to the version given to adults and older children, which has a lower dosage. The pediatric Pfizer vaccine is given in three doses, and the pediatric modern vaccine is given in two doses.

For parents still on the fence, Ellington says the Moderna and Pfizer covid vaccines have been thoroughly tested and comparable to routine vaccines such as the influenza vaccine.

“These vaccines have been thoroughly tested. At this point they are FDA-approved, and they have been issued to hundreds of millions of individuals, in many cases, multiple doses.

Where can I get the vaccine for my baby or toddler?

Children under the age of 5 can receive the COVID-19 vaccine at 10 vaccination centers across pediatricians, pharmacies or five boroughs.

Parents can find appointments for their children using the city’s COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine Finder.

The city’s health department says the vaccine is free, and even if you don’t have health insurance, you won’t be charged for the shot. Your insurance company is likely to be billed, but you will not be charged any fees or duplication for the vaccination.

According to the Department of Health, a parent or guardian must consent to vaccinate your child.

Vaccine centers

City-run vaccine centers for young children receive either appointments or a limited number of walk-ins. Parents can use the city’s Vax4NYC website to locate vaccine providers and set up an appointment. Alternatively, parents can call (877) -VAX-4NYC to schedule a vaccine appointment.

All children under 6 months of age can be vaccinated in centers. Currently, city-operated vaccine centers only provide the Moderna Covid vaccine.


  • Times Square (136 West 42nd St.) – Monday through Sunday, 10 am-5pm
  • Uptown Clinic (158 E. 115th St.) – Monday to Saturday, 9 am-5pm

The queens

  • Queen’s Mall (58-56 92nd St.) – Monday through Sunday, 9am to 6pm
  • Corona Clinic (34-33 Junction Boulevard) – Monday to Friday, 9 am-5pm
  • Long Island City (5-17 46th Street) – Thursday through Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm

The Bronx

  • Morrisania Clinic (1309 Fulton Ave., 2nd Fl) – Wednesdays to Saturdays, 9 am-5pm

Staten Island

  • Empire Outlets (55B Richmond Terrace) – Monday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm


  • The Jefferson (1300 Flushing Ave.) – Thursday through Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm
  • Livonia (506 Livonia Ave.) – Thursday through Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum (145 Brooklyn Ave.) – Wednesdays to Sundays, 9 am-5:30pm

Pediatric doctors’ offices

Parents can vaccinate their child through their pediatrician, although not all hospitals and pediatricians have yet received adequate COVID vaccines for children of this age. Call your pediatrician’s office in advance to ask if they have a pediatric COVID vaccine.

Some families may choose to schedule a vaccination with their child’s primary care physician, said Dr. Laneaux, president of Pediatrics at Lenox Hill Hospital. Marty Ellington Jr. said.

“Families have the opportunity to seek advice and hope from their pediatrician that this is the right thing to do,” he said.


Pharmacies around the city, such as Walgreens and CVS, also carry infant covid vaccines, but they do not serve infants. CVS Pharmacy Places offers COVID vaccines for children 5 and older, but its MinuteClinic partners can now vaccinate children 18 months and older. Walgreens begins vaccination for children 3 and older on June 25.

Them Missing is supported in part by the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia Journalism School.

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