Covid Live updates: New York City begins vaccinating very young children, phase of an epidemic

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Families in New York City began vaccinating children under 5 against Covid-19 on Wednesday afterwards The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed vaccines over the weekend.

In a city that was once the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic, many parents were eager to get the last age group still waiting for vaccinations, young children, and moved quickly to book appointments.

Some health providers planned to start offering vaccinations to young children on Wednesday, including pharmacies such as Walgreens, which serve children 3 and older. The city’s vaccination centers, serving children 6 months and older, 10 in total, began opening their doors, and appointments were available at The “Vaccines Finder” site in the city.

On Wednesday morning, about two dozen parents, some with young children and others pushing their children in strollers or carrying them strapped to their chests, arrived at the city-run immunization center in Times Square, Mayor Eric Adams and Dr. Ashwin Vasan, and the health commissioner toured On site.

“We have waited two and a half years for this moment to protect our young children,” said Dr. Vasan. “This is a great day. It is a great day for our city. It is a great day for our country.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said Times Square has about 150 appointments booked on Wednesday, with a capacity of more than 2,500 appointments per week.

One of the parents in line early Wednesday was Max Buckmann, 34, an attorney from the Upper East Side. He carried his two-year-old daughter, Kara. The little girl with a pigtail seemed unfazed under her fish-shaped mask and did not cry after the shot, instead enjoying a round of applause from reporters who were looking at her.

Kara was five months old when the epidemic started, and Mr. Buckman said she had never been to a grocery store before. He said he was looking forward to finally being able to do indoor activities with her, “all the normal things kids are supposed to do in their lives.”

On Tuesday, New York City moved From high risk level for Covid-19 Roh average As cases of HIV infection and hospitalization rates continue to decline. Broadway theaters They are allowed to drop mask authorizations starting July 1and Mayor Eric Adams recently Remove the mask state for young children.

Mr Adams, a Democrat who took office in January, said New Yorkers are doing the right things to contain the virus, including vaccination, testing and wear masksHe said vaccinating children under the age of five was the next step.

“We know there is no greater defense against this virus than vaccination, which is why we are pleased that young children are now eligible for the protection they deserve,” Mr. Adams said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Jamie Wolfe, the mother of a 7-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter who lives in Brooklyn’s South Slope, said she was “so excited” about the arrival of vaccines for young children.

“We’ve been waiting for this as long as the epidemic has started,” she said. “I was practically the first in line when they rolled out vaccinations for kids between the ages of 5 and 12, and I plan to be first in line, so to speak, on that roll out as well.”

Ms Wolf said she found an appointment available on Wednesday afternoon, although she said the process of finding one on Tuesday was “frustrating”.

The mayor’s office said appointments will be available for city vaccination centers Tuesday at 9 p.m., but the site didn’t load until about 9:45 p.m. Mark Levine, the president of Manhattan’s borough, He said of the delay It is “unacceptable to subject the parents to this matter.”

the number of The number of daily cases in the city has fallen to about 2,800, from about 4,300 last month, according to city data, although the real number is likely much higher because the city’s tally does not include most home tests. About 740 people have been hospitalized with the virus in the city.

Some parents said they were more careful about vaccinating young children. Andrea Thomas, 35, a mother who lives in Sunset Park in Brooklyn, said she had “absolutely no reservations” about vaccinating her 13-year-old son, and was now more hesitant about her 4-year-old daughter. Her entire family contracted the coronavirus a month and a half ago, which gave her daughter some immunity, and she is worried about possible side effects.

“If I hadn’t just gotten it, I would have felt differently,” she said.

On Wednesday, Mr Adams acknowledged that parents may have concerns about vaccines. “Adult vaccines are one thing,” he said. “Children’s vaccinations, parents will have a lot of questions.”

When the CDC recommended vaccination for very young children on Saturday, The agency noted: “All children should be vaccinated, including children who have already contracted Covid-19.”


June 22 2022

An earlier version of this article mistook the town represented by Mark Levine. It’s Manhattan, not Brooklyn.