NYC Health + Hospitals now offers an updated bivalent COVID-19 shot for children under 5 years of age and up to 6 months of age

NYC Health + Hospitals now offers an updated bivalent COVID-19 shot for children under 5 years of age and up to 6 months of age

Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent vaccines are available for children from 6 months of age in pediatric practices in all public hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals patients can schedule an appointment directly with their pediatrician

Not a patient? Use the City’s Vaccine Finder or call 877-NYC-4NYC (877-692-4692) to schedule an appointment

December 20, 2022

NYC Health + Hospitals today began offering updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccines for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that children up to 6 months of age receive the updated vaccine. which helps protect against newer variants of the virus. The main series of Pfizer-BioNTech for infants and toddlers is three doses. According to updated CDC guidelines, the first two vaccines should be the original monovalent vaccine given three to eight weeks apart. The third dose is given at least eight weeks after the second and should now be the updated bivalent vaccine. The city’s municipal health system will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for children under 5 years of age and up to 6 months of age in its pediatric practices at all 11 hospitals. New Yorkers can use the City’s Vax Finder or call 877-NYC-4NYC (877-692-4692) to schedule an appointment.

“As a parent, I know how important it is to protect our children from serious diseases. That’s why I’m urging New Yorkers to vaccinate their little ones against new variants as the virus that causes COVID-19 continues to evolve,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, Ph.D. “The updated shot is safe and effective. We want our children to enjoy the holidays surrounded by loved ones.”

“We are very pleased to provide our youngest patients with the updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccine,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Ambulatory Care Chief Medical Officer Andrew B. Wallach, MD, FACP. “These updated bivalent vaccines offer the best protection against the current variants of the COVID-19 virus circulating in our communities. They are also safe and effective and prevent hospitalization and death from COVID-19.”

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Children in this age group who have already completed their initial series are still expected to have protection against the most severe effects of the currently circulating omicron variant.

Children will be closely observed for 15 minutes after each dose, as is standard for all childhood vaccinations. Children may experience similar vaccination side effects as adults, with mild effects usually lasting one to two days. A parent or guardian must give consent for their child to be vaccinated.

Updated COVID-19 vaccines are formulated to protect against some of the newly circulating viruses. Vaccines against COVID-19 are critical to providing ongoing protection as immunity wanes and the virus continues to mutate.

NYC Health + Hospitals patients are encouraged to schedule their child’s vaccine appointment by calling their pediatrician’s office directly. Anyone who is not a patient of NYC Health + Hospitals can use the City’s Vaccine Finder or call 877-NYC-4NYC (877-629-4692) to schedule an appointment at other locations.


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About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the nation’s largest municipal health care system, serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, community-based primary care and specialty centers anchors care coordination with trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agencies and the MetroPlus Health Plan—all of which are supported by 11 major hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest lives possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and connect on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthandHospitals or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.

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