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According to figures from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 99% of children between the ages of 13 and 17 who identify as Asian, Native American, Pacific Islander, or Hawaiian have received at least the first injection of Pfizer vaccine. .
Currently, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine that has received full approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration for use on children 16 years of age and older and the only vaccine that has received a prescription for emergency use of the agency. on children 12 to 15 years old.
And while there is no New York City vaccination mandate for children, officials have worked throughout the summer and early fall to increase vaccination rates in children by offering $ 100 incentives to get vaccinated, placing temporary vaccination sites at 700 middle and high schools, and requiring all student-athletes to get vaccinated before starting to compete.
Of all New Yorkers who have chosen to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because of city incentives like $ 100 in cash or raffle giveaways, about 20% are under 18, according to DOHMH
Since the United States Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine for children 12 years of age and older in May, more than 349,000 children have been punched.
City children aged 13 to 17 who identify as Latino have the second highest vaccination rate at 73%, followed by black children at 47% and white teens at 44%, the data shows.
“Parents’ immunization status… really dictates whether their child gets immunized,” New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene First Deputy Commissioner Dr. Torian Easterling told amNewYork Metro. Working to correct misinformation about the vaccine’s effectiveness on children and allay fears about side effects is key to increasing vaccination rates in children, Easterling added.
“It’s based on some sort of multi-pronged strategy that really has to start with how we educate and talk to parents, to make sure they understand how important, safe and effective it is for their children to protect health. and the safety of not only the child but also the family, but especially those who are not eligible for the vaccine, ”said Easterling. Throughout the fall, health officials will continue to try to educate parents through home visits, phone banking, texting, mail and email en masse.
For the most part, vaccination rates in children of a particular race or ethnic group closely match the rates in adults of the same race or ethnicity.
Almost 95% of Asian New Yorkers aged 18 to 44 have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 94% of Asian Americans aged 45 to 64 are at least partially vaccinated while rates among people aged 65 and over, fell to 84%, according to city figures.
The vaccination rate among black New Yorkers aged 18 to 44 was almost identical to the rate among adolescents, while about 60% of those 45 and older reported receiving at least one dose.
The number of Latin American New Yorkers who reported receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine between the ages of 18 and 44 is slightly higher than the number of partially vaccinated adolescents. The highest vaccination rate among Latinos is among those aged 45 to 64, with 80% reporting having received at least one dose, while data shows that 67% of Latinos aged 65 and over have received at least a vaccine.
The percentage of white New Yorkers 18 and older who say they have received at least the first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine hovers around 61% for the three older age groups.