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“The number of vaccinations at the city’s COVID-19 child vaccination sites has decreased in recent weeks and we have always planned to move the vaccination of very young children to providers. In fact, nearly 500 providers in New York City have administered vaccines to this age group. a spokesperson told Fox News Digital.
“Due to the current monkeypox emergency, we have moved some of these sites to deliver the monkeypox vaccine,” he said.
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The last day for pediatric vaccines at affected sites will be August 14.
No appointments will be canceled and anyone with an existing appointment at one of the sites will be rescheduled to a nearby baby vaccination site until this Sunday.
All children under age 5 who received a first dose of vaccine at one of 10 New York City-run sites were helped to schedule a second dose of vaccine with a pediatric provider.
Additionally, a total of 85 pediatric provider sites are located within one mile of a city-operated childhood immunization site.
On August 5, three of the childhood vaccination sites stopped administering the vaccine to this age group and switched to administering the monkeypox vaccine only.
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In a letter to the health commissioner, Gale Brewer urged the department to keep sites open, noting that public schools are starting imminently.
Children in this age group have been eligible for COVID-19 vaccines for less than two months.
In June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended vaccines for all children 6 months to 5 years old.
This decision expanded eligibility to nearly 20 million additional children.
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Department data shows the daily average for cases in the Big Apple stands at 3,110, with 12 deaths. These figures are both down since the beginning of the month.
Poliovirus has also been detected in sewage from the city and neighboring counties.