“Finally, the COVID-19 vaccine is here for young New Yorkers age 5 through 11,” Hochul said in a statement. “Our critical work to make the vaccine accessible and available to all eligible children and their families is underway – and we will creatively support and celebrate those who get vaccinated.”
In order to be eligible, children must be between the ages of 5 to 11 and be residents of New York state. Pursuant to federal law, children must be lawful permanent residents or U.S. citizens in order to be eligible.
Federal COVID-19 relief and outreach funds will be used to cover the cost of the vaccination incentive program.
Parents and guardians can enter on behalf of their eligible children here or go directly to https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/vaccinate-educate-graduate. Those without internet access may call 1-833-697-4829 to submit an entry over the phone. New York will administer the random drawing each week, and winners will be verified by the state Department of Health and Higher Education Services Corp.
Only one entry per child will be accepted, and children must have received their first COVID-19 vaccination at least one day prior to their entry. Entries will be carried over through all the Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate program’s drawings. More rules can be found here.
Parents and guardians are also encouraged to visit the state’s new website for information, frequently asked questions, and new resources about the COVID-19 vaccine and children.
Vaccines for this age group may be administered by private doctors, county health departments, some health centers and pharmacies.
Parents and guardians can visit vaccines.gov, text their ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is the immunization authorized for this age group.
New York’s mass vaccination sites are currently being utilized for people aged 12 and older, while Vax To School pop-ups are focused on 12- to 17-year-olds. Additional programming and events focused on 5- to 11-year-olds will be announced soon.
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