Children aged five and under in New York could start getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as early as this week.

With the Centers for Disease Control Friday, June 17 recommending COVID shots for children 6 months to five years, the State Department of Health is finalizing the guidance for providers this week.


Last week, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendation that all children 6 months through 5 years of age should receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

That declaration expands eligibility for vaccination to nearly 20 million additional children.

The recommendation is for the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine under Emergency Use Authorization.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul released a statement over the weekend noted the recommendation is the final step in federal authorization.

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The New York State Department of Health will review the Interim Clinical Considerations as they are released by the CDC and finalize the operational guidance for vaccination providers in the upcoming days.

The news release from Albany adds the state has already taken steps to prepare for the rollout of vaccines for children under the age of five.  State providers outside of New York City have placed orders for over 39,000 doses of the vaccine. Officials say the state is working to make sure providers across the state will be able to request additional doses.

Hochul’s office says later this summer, the State Department of Health will launch a comprehensive, statewide paid media campaign to encourage adults to get vaccinated and parents to have their children get the newly authorized inoculations.

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