New COVID-19 vaccine pod for children opens in Bohemia
Northwell Health opened several new vaccine pods this week across New York, offering COVID-19 shots to Long Island's newest eligible population.
One location opened in Bohemia, offering vaccinations to children ages 5-11 following the recent approval of the vaccine for the age group by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Last week, the CDC signed off on this latest age group to be vaccinated, representing about 28 million Americans.
Doctors at the new vaccination pod say children are getting the Pfizer vaccine which is one-third of the adult dose, and they claim it will have fewer side effects.
Still, other parents are against getting their children vaccinated, and some even say they are suing the state over it.
Michael Demetriou, of Bellmore, is just one of at least 90 people from Long Island with the group "Mandate for Freedom" who are suing New York to end the mask mandates and protect children from possible future vaccine mandates.
Demetriou has two kids under 11 and feels there's not enough research to back up the vaccine for children. According to the CDC:
“Similar to what was seen in adult vaccine trials, vaccination was nearly 91 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 among children aged 5-11 years. In clinical trials, vaccine side effects were mild, self-limiting, and similar to those seen in adults and with other vaccines recommended for children. The most common side effect was a sore arm.”
The new vaccination pod is located at 5181 Sunrise Highway, Bohemia, NY, and will be open between Nov. 6-13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
To schedule a vaccine appointment, call (844) 919-VACC for the most up-to-date availability or go to the Northwell Health website.
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