Vaccine eligibility expands to 16+ in NY but people under 18 limited to Pfizer
Vaccine eligibility has expanded to people 16 and over in New York, but those under 18 are limited to which brand of COVID-19 vaccine they can get.
Anyone under 18 is limited to getting the Pfizer vaccine. That is the FDA approval for the clinical trials that Pfizer did. Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible for all three vaccines.
"I wasn't nervous," said Hanna Riva Goldberg, of Great Neck. "I was really excited to be the first one and to finally start getting vaccinated."
Allegra Goldberg, Hanna's mom, said her other children had COVID-19 and it's scary to watch them get sick.
Kids under 18 need parental consent so Paul Navarro, of Hempstead, had his mother by his side.
"It's going to be good for my family and myself because I have underlying issues and my family has underlying issues," says Navarro.
Dr. Charles Schleien, of Cohen Children's Medical Center, says when Pfizer did its original trial it actually tested down to 16 years of age.
"It will protect not only the kids themselves but will protect entire families and the community because we know that kids can spread it. So if they're immunized, they're not going to be spreaders," says Schleien.
Options for those looking to book an appointment include county-run sites like the Nassau Coliseum, state-run sites like Jones Beach and stores like CVS and Stop & Shop, although Stop & Shop says its efforts are limited to those 18+.