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New York City Officials Plan to Roll Out COVID-19 Baby Vaccines

Federal officials approve it for kids 6 months and up.

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NEW YORK, NY — New York City tots could get COVID-19 vaccines as soon as next week, officials announced Friday.

City officials plan to roll out shots starting June 22, assuming federal approval for vaccinations of children ages 6 months and up.

Just one step remains — Centers of Disease Control and Prevention officials are expected to officially offer recommendations Saturday on vaccinations for infants and preschoolers.
Once — or if — approved by CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, roughly 18 million youngsters under 5 will be eligible for the shots.

“The next step towards a return to normalcy is around the corner for our youngest New Yorkers,” Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement Friday. “I know how long parents and caretakers of our little ones have been waiting for the moment their youngest would have access to a COVID-19 vaccine, and as soon as that moment comes, I want them to know we will be ready.”
Roughly 7.3 million New Yorkers of all ages have received at least one dose of vaccine so far, according to city data.

Young children are the last remaining group of Americans who aren’t yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, which started rolling out about a year-and-a-half ago.

Health department officials plan to offer the two-dose Moderna vaccine at 10 city-run vaccine hubs. The three-dose Pfizer vaccine will be available at non-city sites, officials said.

New York City’s COVID-19 Vaccine Finder will show all sites starting June 21, officials said.

Here are the 10 city-run hubs where the so-called “baby vaccine” will be offered.

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