Over 60,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to New York Metropolis youngsters between the ages of five and 11, Mayor Invoice de Blasio stated Monday.
Out of these doses, 22,500 have been given at a short lived school-based vaccination website the primary of which started administering the inoculation to college students Monday, Nov. 8. All 1,070 college websites serving youngsters in that age group will provide the vaccine to college students for not less than at some point with households ready to examine college vaccination schedules on the Division of Training web site.
Officers estimate that the measure will enable 400,000 youngsters ages five to 11 to not less than get the primary shot of the vaccine. Metropolis well being officers is not going to administer second doses of Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine to youthful youngsters however will work with households on scheduling second dose appointments at city-run vaccination websites or pharmacies.
The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization on the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19’s use on youngsters within the age group on the finish of October and the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention issued a suggestion that youngsters ages five to 11 obtain each firms’ vaccine early this month.
Youthful youngsters receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID vaccine get a smaller dosage of the inoculation, roughly a 3rd the quantity an grownup receives, in two pictures administered about three weeks aside. The vaccine’s efficacy in stopping symptomatic COVID-19 in youthful youngsters is about the identical as it’s in adults, round 91%, according to the CDC.
Earlier this fall, Metropolis officers additionally arrange short-term vaccination websites in any respect public college websites serving youngsters 12 and up however turnout among the many households of youthful youngsters has been better than that of older college students.
“Parents have been turning out in big numbers to get their younger children vaccinated at schools,” stated de Blasio. “So, we will be doing more with our schools.”
Over 10,000 youngsters between the ages of five and 11 acquired the primary shot of the COVID-19 vaccine in the course of the first two days that school-based vaccination have been provided a public college, officers stated final week.
Vaccination charges amongst older youngsters are slowly however steadily rising with officers reporting Monday now 80% of all New York Metropolis youngsters between the ages of 12 and 17 are not less than partially vaccinated, a 2% improve from final week.