New York City Giving Children 5-11 $100 for Getting COVID Injections in School

“It buys a whole lot of candy” — Bill de Blasio

The young New Yorkers who are now eligible for the Pfizer COVID vaccine are also now eligible for a lucrative array of incentives — including $100 prepaid debit cards at city-run sites, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.

“Good news! Kids are eligible for the $100 vaccine incentive. So we really want kids to take advantage, families take advantage of that,” de Blasio said at his press briefing. “Everyone could use a little more money around the holidays. But most importantly, we want our kids and our families to be safe.”

(UPDATE: Kids who get vaccinated at public schools next week will also be eligible for the $100 incentive, according to the Department of Education.)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave final clearance on Tuesday for the use of smaller doses of the Pfizer vaccine for children between 5 to 11 years old, following the emergency use authorization granted by the Food and Drug Administration last Friday. Like adults, kids must take two shots — three weeks apart — to be fully vaccinated

The $100 incentive is available to anyone who gets their first vaccine dose at a city-run vaccination site or public school site, which De Blasio said would begin doling out doses to the newest age group on Thursday. Other providers like pharmacies and pediatricians were given the green light by the state Health Department on Wednesday.

By noon at the city-run Flatbush YMCA vaccination site in Brooklyn, five kids under the age of 12 had turned up.

Children were handed a fire hat, coloring book and as many stickers as they could handle. They were also invited to play with a small fluffy therapy dog after getting the shot. Parents could also collect their kids’ $100 prepaid debit cards. Providers there said some children were scared and cried, but rebounded quickly.

Other kid-friendly incentives include tickets to New York City Football Club or Brooklyn Cyclones games, tickets to the Statue of Liberty and access to Luna Park and the Cyclone at Coney Island. The Brooklyn Nets are giving away game tickets at the Barclays Center vaccination site, and the American Museum of Natural History offers an admission voucher for up to four visitors.

This week, the city expects to receive its initial order of more than 330,000 pediatric doses, which carry about a third of what is given to people older than 12, city Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said at a City Hall press briefing.

“The health department has been working with about 1,500 pediatricians and family doctors to prepare for this phase of our historic vaccination campaign. City-wide we expect to receive our full initial order: that’s over 330,000 doses over the next few days,” Chokshi said.

Next week, every public school with an eligible population will host a one-day vaccination drive (update: kids can also get the $100 incentive at the school sites). Parents or guardians will need to accompany their children to these school sites. De Blasio acknowledged the city is looking at allowing parents and guardians to submit written consent instead of having to attend the school vaccination drive in person with their child or be available on the phone before the child is inoculated.

Anyone with questions about the vaccine for kids or adults can call 212-COVID-19 to speak with medical providers from the city’s Test and Trace Corps.

Source: The Gothamist


Question: Thanks for that. And you know, just more broadly on the vaccines for children. I spoke to plenty of parents yesterday who were very eager about this, who were, you know, crashing their pediatricians’ websites to try to book their appointments, trying to snag a spot at Walgreens or whatever. And to that end, I’m just wondering how you feel about the amount of doses you have on hand? And the demand that there might be? Do you anticipate, I heard you say that walk-ins are welcome, are you anticipating having enough supply of the child size doses to meet that demand? Especially now that kids can get a hundred bucks, which buys a lot of candy?

de Blasio: It buys a whole lot of candy. That’s right. It’s a great question. Let me say this, as a parent, I mean, I remember so vividly when my kids were younger and how we were just laser focused on their health. And, you know, over time you get a little more used to kids as they grow, taking a little more care of themselves. But when they’re younger, parents are super, super focused on every little thing. And I’ve felt for a long time that the moment this was announced that parents would come rushing to get these vaccinations. I think we will see that. We’ve got so many sites. We’re ready to go and we’re ready to go in terms of supply. So, I’ll let Dr Chokshi speak to the specifics. But we’ve got a whole lot of capacity ready. I do think we’ll see a lot of parents. We may see some lines, but again, that could be a very good thing because it shows how many people want to get this vaccination for their children. Dr. Chokshi about the supply levels, what can you tell us?

  1. Miles says

    Parents are dumb assess, should have asked for 200 bucks. Their kids are probably worth twice that, but hey cash is cash. Not sure who’s sicker, the pushers or parents 😕

  2. ken says

    Logic doesn’t work. Data doesn’t work. These ‘parents’ (can you even call them that?) will do anything to keep their ‘loved one’ in the baby sitting service humorously called skools.

    This is not about ‘risk’. It is an absolute certainty an injury of some sort or death will be likely, maybe not now but certainly in the future. And just like that woman that ‘volunteered her 12 year old girl for the study now wants sympathy for herself because she has destroyed her child’s entire life.

    There is no excuse… By now everyone knows the CDC said the fake virus had little to no effect on children. Knowingly or unknowingly poisoning a child is unforgivable. These parents and those pushing/giving the jabs have a reserved spot in hell.

  3. FedUpWithBS says

    They test for the flu since they’ve never isolated Covid-19. Which makes me wonder how they can tell there is a delta variant. They never isolated the virus but they use a test to show the damage of a solution does on monkey kidney cells then show the cellular debris as proof of the virus. So, they can use this method to claim an UNENDING! amount of variants. A lot of cancers and “viruses” are probably just different forms of parasites. Since the tests can’t differentiate between cold and flu and covid then doesn’t that mean ivermectin cures both the cold and the flu? Welcome to “they’ve been lying to us our entire lives about everything”. Get your Ivermectin

  4. raymond lambert says

    Deluded parents allowing immature children to make a decision to participate in experimental drug trials for $100. They should demand much more, and reflect on the fact they are being paid to contaminate their kids with the unknown.

  5. Voz 0db says

    Old tactic!

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