The younger New Yorkers who at the moment are eligible for the Pfizer COVID vaccine shot are additionally now eligible for a profitable array of incentives — together with $100 pay as you go debit playing cards at city-run websites, Mayor Invoice de Blasio stated Thursday.
“Good news: kids are eligible for the $100 vaccine incentive. So we really want kids to take advantage, families take advantage of that,” de Blasio stated at his press briefing. “Everyone could use a little more money around the holidays. But most importantly, we want our kids and our families to be safe.”
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention gave ultimate clearance on Tuesday for using a smaller dose of the Pfizer vaccine for youngsters between 5 to 11 years outdated, following the emergency use authorization granted by the Meals and Drug Administration final week.
De Blasio stated the city-run websites would start vaccinating the most recent age group Thursday whereas different suppliers like pharmacies and pediatricians got the inexperienced gentle by the state Well being Division to start out vaccinating Wednesday.
The $100 incentive is out there to anybody who will get their first vaccine dose at a city-run vaccination web site. By midday on the city-run Flatbush YMCA vaccination web site Thursday, 5 youngsters below the age of 12 had turned up.
Youngsters had been handed a fireplace hat, coloring e book, and as many stickers as they may deal with, and had been invited to play with a small fluffy remedy canine after getting the shot. Mother and father may additionally acquire their child’s $100 pay as you go debit card. Suppliers there stated some youngsters had been scared and cried, however rebounded shortly.
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Different kid-friendly metropolis incentives embrace tickets to New York Metropolis Soccer Membership or Brooklyn Cyclones video games, tickets to the Statue of Liberty, and entry to Luna Park and the Cyclone at Coney Island. The Nets are freely giving sport tickets on the Barclays Middle vaccination web site, and the American Museum of Pure Historical past offers out an admission voucher for as much as 4 guests.
The town expects to obtain this week its preliminary order of greater than 330,000 items of the pediatric dose, which is a few third of the dosage given to youngsters and adults ages 12 and up, stated Well being Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi.
“The health department has been working with about 1,500 pediatricians and family doctors to prepare for this phase of our historic vaccination campaign. City-wide we expect to receive our full initial order: that’s over 330,000 doses over the next few days,” Chokshi stated on the press briefing.
Subsequent week, each public college with an eligible inhabitants will host a one-day vaccination drive to achieve a broader swath of households. Mother and father or guardians might want to accompany their kids to those college websites. De Blasio acknowledged town is taking a look at permitting mother and father and guardians to submit written consent as a substitute of getting to attend the college vaccination drive with their little one or be out there on the cellphone earlier than the kid is inoculated.
Anybody with questions in regards to the vaccine for youths or adults can name 212-COVID-19 to talk with medical suppliers from town’s Take a look at and Hint Corps.
With Jessica Gould