NYC kicks off ‘Youth Vax Week’

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the start of “NYC Youth Vax Week,” a week-long initiative to combat misinformation regarding the Covid-19 vaccine and encourage parents and guardians to allow their children 12 years and older to get the authorized Pfizer vaccine.

 “New York City is outpacing the nation in vaccinating our youngest residents, and our outreach to younger New Yorkers is only just beginning,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Whether it’s the New York Aquarium, the Bronx Zoo, or the classroom, we’re going to reach kids everywhere. The more New Yorkers who get vaccinated and protect one another, the closer we will be to moving on from this pandemic and getting back to the people and the activities that we love.

“Making sure our younger New Yorkers and their parents and guardians have the right information about the Covid-19 vaccine is critical in making them feel comfortable to get the safe, effective, and life-saving vaccine,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Melanie Hartzog. “We’re grateful for all of our City and community partners who are in this with us and are helping to make our City and residents safer through the vaccine.”

The City will host ‘Youth Vax Block Parties’ at popular parks in each borough. The parties will each have a vaccine bus providing the Pfizer vaccine stationed in its proximity, and families can enjoy food, music and other activities.

To find the nearest COVID-19 vaccine site carrying the Pfizer vaccine, you can visit https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/or call 844-VAX-4NYC.

“Vaccination offers young people a chance to more safely enjoy the summer,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi. “NYC Youth Vax Week is a fun kick-off to the season—but also a chance to answer questions from young people and their parents or guardians about the safe and highly effective Pfizer vaccine.”

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