Information via the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Vaccinations for Children

COVID-19 vaccines are available for children ages 6 months and older.

The vaccines will help your child develop immunity and provide them with protection against severe illness and death from COVID-19. Children may experience similar side effects of vaccination as adults, with usually mild effects lasting one to two days.

The more contagious variants of COVID-19 that have been spreading have caused some children to get sick, be hospitalized and die. The best way to protect your child is to get them vaccinated as soon as possible.

Vaccination Schedule

Children younger than 5 years should get the same vaccine for their second (and third) doses of their primary series as they received for their first dose. They will be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after either their third Pfizer dose or second Moderna dose.

Pfizer

  • Ages: 6 months to 4 years
  • Doses: Three
  • Schedule: Second dose taken at least 21 days (3 weeks) days after the first, and the third dose taken at least 56 days (8 weeks) days after the second.

Moderna

  • Ages: 6 months to 5 years
  • Doses: Two
  • Schedule: Second dose delivered at least 28 days (4 weeks) after the first.

Consent Required

A parent or guardian must provide consent for their child to be vaccinated in person, by phone or in writing, depending on the vaccination site. They will not need to provide proof they are the child’s parent or guardian.

Children ages 15 and younger should be accompanied to the vaccination site by a parent or guardian, or another adult caregiver designated by the parent or guardian.

The parent or guardian must also have a completed New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form.

 

Booster Shots

Vaccine boosters are recommended for everyone 5 and older. These shots increase your immunity from an initial vaccination series.

Anyone who received a second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least five months ago, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago, should get a booster.

If you recently had COVID-19, you can wait to get a booster until 90 days after you first felt symptoms, or, if you had no symptoms, 90 days after your test date.

If you are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 or of getting COVID-19 again, it may be better to get a booster as soon as you are eligible. Talk to your provider about when you should get your next vaccine.

The Health Department recommends you get either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for your booster.

Second Booster

The CDC recommends a second booster dose for all people who are 50 or older, 12 or older and moderately or severely immunocompromised, or 18 or older and have received a primary dose and booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

If you are eligible, you should get your second booster four months after your first. The second booster must be either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

If you recently had COVID-19, you can wait to get a booster until 90 days after you first felt symptoms, or, if you had no symptoms, 90 days after your test date.

Review the CDC’s guidance on how to decide if you should get a second booster. If you have questions, talk to your provider or call 212-COVID-19 (212-268-4319).

 

Additional Doses for People with a Weakened Immune System

Separate from boosters, people ages 5 and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (meaning they have a weakened immune system) should get an additional vaccine dose, as part of their primary vaccine series. They can get a third dose 28 days after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or their single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

If you got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, get the same vaccine type for your additional dose. If you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you must get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for your additional dose.

This shot is intended to help people who may not have had a strong response to the first two shots due to a medical condition or treatment. People ages 12 and older who receive this shot should also get at least one booster when eligible.

New York City vaccination sites

Visit vax4nyc.nyc.gov or call 877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829-4692 to book a vaccine appointment at vaccination sites run by the city. NYC Health + Hospitals has a separate site for vaccine appointments at covid19.nychealthandhospitals.org/COVIDVaxEligibility. The city also has a site to find appointments at pharmacies at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.

New York State vaccination sites

Eligible New Yorkers can visit am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov or call 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829) to book a vaccine appointment at vaccination sites run by the state, including a site at Bay Eden Senior Center in The Bronx.

Vaccines for 5-to-11 year olds

Governor Kathy Hochul announced that 10 of New York State’s mass vaccination sites will now be administering COVID-19 vaccines to newly eligible 5 to 11 year-olds. In The Bronx, the Bay Eden Senior Center is providing vaccines to those who are eligible. For full details and a list of all locations, visit the governor’s website.

Testing

For information about getting tested for COVID-19, visit our COVID resources page.

Get vaccinated at home

New York City is offering free vaccines at home for any resident of the city. Visit forms.cityofnewyork.us/f/home to sign up.

NYC Vaccine Referral Bonus Program

The City has initiated a new opportunity for civic, faith, tenant and other associations for referring their community members to receive the vaccine.

The newly announced NYC Vaccine Referral Bonus Program is meant to incentivize community- and faith-based organizations to help get people vaccinated, by awarding $100 for each first dose vaccination referral at a City-run site. When an individual makes an appointment ahead of time or as a walk-up, they can choose which community organization referred them to get vaccinated. Once they receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the referral organization will be credited $100. Organizations can earn up to $20,000 each.

Interested organizations can sign up at: nyc.gov/vaccinereferralbonus

VA Vaccines for Veterans

The James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center is offering the COVID vaccine to all veterans, spouses and caregivers Monday-Friday. You can walk in or call to schedule an appointment at (718) 741-4640

Yankee Stadium and Somos sites

The Yankee Stadium mega vaccination is open and administering vaccines to eligible Bronx residents. Bronx residents who are eligible under categories 1a and 1b and are interested in scheduling appointments should visit somosvaccinations.com or call 1-833-SOMOSNY. Somos is also running a variety of other vaccination sites, and available appointments can be accessed via the same website and phone number.

New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell

New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell are offering the COVID vaccine. Visit vaccinetogetherny.org for information.

Montefiore

Montefiore offers the COVID vaccine at multiple locations in The Bronx. Visit their website or call 844-444-2819 to check for availability and schedule an appointment.

More sites

Visit vaccinefinder.org or vaccinespotter.org, which search for vaccine availability at other locations, including pharmacies.

Accessible Transportation for People with Disabilities to Vaccine Appointments

  • If you are 65 and older or have an ambulatory, vision, intellectual or developmental disability and need an ambulette, you can schedule free transport with Hunter ambulettes (516) 812-9827.
  • If you are 65 and older or have an ambulatory, vision, intellectual or developmental disability you can schedule a free ride with Curb at 646-349-0289. If you are a minor under the age of 18, you must have your parent/guardian call to book the trip on your behalf.
  • This is regardless of if you already have access to Access-A-Ride or Medicaid Transportation.
  • Information on Accessible Transportation Options for People with Disabilities to Vaccine Appointments – on.nyc.gov/2Oe5avB

Vaccination data from New York City

To view the city’s public data on vaccination rates throughout the city, visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-data-vaccines.page.