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New York opens its massive COVID-19 vaccination sites to children | Local news | Auburn, NY | auburnpub.com

Citizen’s staff

New York state’s massive COVID-19 vaccination sites — including the state funfair near Syracuse — will soon be administering vaccines to eligible children ages 5 to 11.

According to a press release, the state sites will complement the availability of vaccines already being administered by a network of pediatricians, primary care physicians, local health departments, nationally and federally qualified health centers and pharmacies.

To expedite and expand this effort, Governor Kathy Hochul has asked state mass vaccination centers to obtain pediatric doses and prepare to vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds, with all 13 sites preparing to do so in to do in the coming days.

Following the CDC’s recommendation of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children in this age group, the New York State Clinical Advisory Task Force approved the CDC’s recommendation and the state provided guidance to providers. Since that time, more than 50,000 New York children in this age group have received their first dose of the vaccine.

“Parents have been waiting for the opportunity to protect their young children from COVID-19, and we are doing everything we can to make that possible,” Hochul said in a statement. “Since this age group of 5 to 11 years became eligible, we have encouraged parents to contact their pediatricians and local health care providers to make vaccine appointments and now I am directing our state mass vaccination centers to open their doors to the youngest and most recently eligible New Yorkers.”

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The Central New York site is the Art and Home Center at the New York State Fairgrounds in Geddes, and parents and guardians can make appointments online. In addition, parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their child’s pediatrician, primary care physician, health centers, pharmacies or other providers for information about vaccinations and to schedule appointments.

Parents and guardians are also encouraged to visit the state’s new website, ny.gov/VaxForKids, for information, frequently asked questions, and new resources about the COVID-19 vaccine for children.

Make sure every site or provider offers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, as the other COVID-19 vaccines are not yet approved for this age group.

In addition, the Cayuga County Health Department will begin holding clinics in school buildings for 5- to 11-year-old students, as well as a community clinic for the same age group.

The school clinics will take place next week in Auburn and southern Cayuga County.

Students at Herman Avenue and Owasco elementary schools in Auburn and high school could be shot Tuesday. On Wednesday, there will be clinics at Peachtown Elementary School in Aurora and Southern Cayuga Elementary School in Poplar Ridge. The health department said parents should contact the schools directly for information about enrolling their children.

A children’s clinic is also scheduled for Saturday, November 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fingerlakes Mall. Pre-registration is required and can be done by visiting cayugacounty.us/health.