The New York State Department of Health announced yesterday (May 24) that children ages 5 to 11 should now receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster five months after their initial two-dose Pfizer vaccine.
“Vaccinations and boosters are the most effective way to protect against serious complications from COVID-19,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said. “The availability of boosters for 5-to-11-year-olds gives us yet another tool to safeguard the health of our children and our communities. Our data suggest that boosters for children in this age group are especially important to protect against severe illness. I urge parents and guardians to get children ages 5 and over vaccinated and boosted to ensure safe and long lasting protection.”
This announcement comes after the FDA authorized last week on the recommendation and updated guidance from the CDC.
The New York Department of Health reminds that the vaccines are free and widely available statewide.