Suffolk County hosting vaccination clinics

Appointments exclusively for children ages 5 to 17

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Following the recent CDC announcement, Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone announced in a press release that starting Nov. 9, the Suffolk County Health Department will begin administering free COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 to 11. The vaccine clinics, which will be located at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge, will be exclusively for children ages 5 to 17.

“I am beyond pleased that the CDC has recommended that children ages 5 to 11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Bellone. “As a father, I am encouraging all parents who may have questions to talk with their pediatrician or a trusted healthcare provider about the importance of getting their children vaccinated. This vaccine saves lives and it could save the life of your child.”

On Nov. 2, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the final clearance for the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, following the emergency use authorization granted by the Food and Drug Administration last month. All children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive a two-dose primary series of the pediatric formulation of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, effective immediately.

Vaccines will be administered at the H. Lee Dennison Building located at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Parents and/or guardians of all children receiving the COVID-19 vaccine must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form for the first dose, and attest that they are eligible to be vaccinated.

While appointments are not required, they are strongly encouraged. Walk-ins will be available on a first come, first served basis. For more information on the county’s vaccine efforts, or to schedule an appointment call 311 or visit www.suffolkcountyny.gov/vaccine

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