Children will be able to get some cash along with their vaccination job, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday.
According to the mayor, children who get the shot at a city-run site or at their public school will receive a $100 vaccine incentive.
“Everyone can use a little more money around the holidays, but most importantly we want our kids and our families to be safe,” said Mayor de Blasio.
This comes after the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday gave clearance for children ages 5-11 years old to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
The dosage for children in this age range will be a third of what is given to adults.
One-day vaccination sites will be available in every school that serves 5-11 year-olds starting Nov. 8. Each school will have at least one day of the pop-up vaccination sites through Nov. 15.
“It's going to mean a lot of kids will be even safer—families safer—ahead of the holidays,” said the mayor.
The health department is working with about 1,500 pediatricians and family doctors to prepare for this next phase of the vaccination campaign, according to officials. The city expects to receive over 330,000 doses over the next few days.
“Based on a CDC presentation this week, if we were to vaccinate every New Yorker aged 5-11, we would prevent an estimated 38,000 cases of COVID-19,” said Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi.
The mayor suggested making an appointment at city-run sites, but said walk-ins would be welcome as well.