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Governor Hochul promises vaccine guidance for young children soon

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In a tweet over the weekend, Governor Kathy Hochul said the state Department of Health is “preparing guidance so we can get shots in arms as soon as possible.”

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CNY Central reports the action comes after both the FDA and CDC gave approval for the use of COVID-19 vaccines in kids from six months to five years old.

Health Department expects to finalize guidance this week

The State Department of Health will finalize operational guidance for vaccination providers this upcoming week. With the CDC‘s recommendation, providers who pre-ordered vaccines may begin vaccinating. Providers may wait for the CDC’s written updated “Interim Clinical Considerations” and the State’s guidance document before commencing.

“As the grandmother of a beautiful baby girl, I can say with a full heart that this is really fantastic news for parents, guardians, and loved ones alike. We have been patiently waiting for the chance to provide this life-saving tool to our youngest New Yorkers,” Governor Hochul said. “Parents and guardians now is the time to reach out to your pediatrician and discuss getting your young children vaccinated over the summer break.”

State providers from outside of New York City have placed preliminary orders for over 39,000 dosages, and the State Department of Health is working to ensure providers across the state will be able to request additional doses. Later this summer, the State Department of Health will launch a comprehensive, statewide paid media campaign to encourage getting vaccinated to all who are now eligible.

Vaccines for children down to six months of age will be widely available statewide, including through pediatricians, family physicians, local county health departments, federally qualified health centers, and pharmacies enrolled in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their child’s healthcare provider about scheduling a vaccine appointment for children under five years of age.