Vaccines Available for 5-11 Year Olds in NYC

A syringe containing COVID-19 vaccine sits on the table top, during the pediatric vaccine rollout Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, in east Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Children ages 5-11 are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine, with financial incentives available, the mayor announced at his press conference Thursday.

City-run sites and vaccine sites within public schools are open to children, who can receive $100 for their shot. “Everyone can use a little more money,” Bill de Blasio said. “But most importantly, we want our kids and our families to be safe.”

The current vaccine available is the Pfizer vaccine with a modified lower dose for children, which the FDA approved on Tuesday. Like adults, children will wait three weeks until the next dose. New York had pre-ordered more than 380,000 doses of the pediatric version of the vaccine, according to NBC 4. New Jersey has ordered around 203,000 doses.

The FDA has not yet approved emergency authorization for the Moderna vaccines due to concern over rare heart side effects.

Walk-in appointments and online registration are both available. Vaccines for children are available in New Jersey as well, including at drive-by state sites.