The office of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced on Friday that the city will be “ready” to vaccinate children once the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes it clear.
“As soon as the CDC issues guidelines for COVID-19 vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds, the NYC will be ready,” de Blasio’s office said Friday.
“Within 48 hours, you can vaccinate your child in ANY place run by the city, and you can vaccinate your child in pediatric offices and pharmacies,” he added.
As soon as the CDC issues guidelines for COVID-19 vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds, the NYC will be ready. Within 48 hours, you can vaccinate your child in ANY place run by the city, and you can vaccinate your child in pediatric offices and pharmacies. pic.twitter.com/FRTc6T69AA
– NYC Mayor’s Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) October 29, 2021
The promise comes a few days after the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recommended Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The FDA will now decide whether to issue an emergency use permit for pediatric doses.
But as a UPI to warn“Less than 100 children aged 5 to 11 died of COVID-19 and 8,300 were hospitalized,” said Dr. Peter Marks, who heads the FDA’s vaccines division, reports New York Times. ”
The mayor’s vow comes as he does mandates vaccines worldwide. City officials, including first responders, had until Friday at 5 p.m. to show evidence of at least one shot. Those who fail to do so will be placed on unpaid leave.
That term came weeks after the Democratic mayor proclaimed Key to NYC Pass, which requires private companies to discriminate against unvaccinated visitors.
“It’s time for people to see vaccination as literally necessary for a good, full and healthy life,” he said at the time.