Everything You Need to Know About Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine in New York
New York State entered Phase 1b of COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, Jan. 11. Here's what you need to know about how to get vaccinated.
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Once you confirm eligibility and make an appointment, you will need to fill out this New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. After you receive your first dose, a second shot will be needed 3-4 weeks after in order to protect you from the virus. You can learn more about the benefits of getting vaccinated here.
de Blasio announced that Citi Field will be a major host site for 24/7 COVID-19 vaccines beginning the Wednesday, Feb. 10. The focus at this site will be on Queens residents and there will be special appointments reserved for TLC (taxi and limousine service workers) and food service workers. It will be open Wednesday-Saturday, 24 hours a day.
A vaccine drive-through mega-site opened at Jones Beach on Thursday, Jan. 14.
When can children get vaccinated?
The COVID-19 vaccination clinical trials conducted this year tested the vaccine's safety and efficacy in adults, not children, according to healthline. That said, researchers still need to conduct additional studies on how the vaccine affects younger children in order to determine dosages, intervals between doses, and the number of doses that will work best on children before children can begin to receive vaccines. According to pediatric infectious disease experts, this process could take several months and children may not see a vaccine until the summer or fall of 2021.