November 18, 2021
POTSDAM, NY – The youth COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 5-11 at St. Lawrence Health pediatric locations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone age 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect them against COVID-19. The CDC further reports that although children are at a lower risk of becoming severely ill with coronavirus compared to adults, they can still become very sick from being infected. They may also have both short- and long-term health complications from COVID-19, and are able to spread the virus to others.
Children with underlying medical conditions are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with their peers who do not have underlying conditions. Children who get infected can also develop serious complications like multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), which is a condition where different body parts become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.
[The Chase sisters made a recent visit to St. Lawrence Health’s Canton Pediatrics office to receive the first dosage of their Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination. LPN Tiffany Swinyer is giving Addison, 10, her shot, as little sister Makenna, 8, watches.]
To receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination through St. Lawrence Health, children do not have to be current patients; the vaccine is open access to all children. To schedule the vaccine for children ages 5-11, call 315.261.5602. Appointments are currently being made for the following locations:
~ Canton Pediatrics, 80 East Main Street, Canton
~ Potsdam Pediatrics, 15 Raymond Street, Potsdam
St. Lawrence Health is looking to have the youth vaccination available in the coming days at Kids Korner in Massena.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations and testing through St. Lawrence Health.
To learn more about the youth vaccination, visit New York's vaccine website for eligible children and adolescents ages 5-17. The State has also created a web page that provides alternate local locations where the vaccination is available. Be sure to check the box for which vaccine you would like location information about.