Vaccine Info

Before the School Year Starts

As you prepare for September 13, families should take two important actions before the school year starts:

  1. Get your children vaccinated if they are aged 12 and older

  2. Submit consent for COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 12 and Older

Vaccination is the most important step you can take to protect you and your family from COVID-19, and all New Yorkers aged 12 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccination is safe, free, and available regardless of immigration status.

If you have a child who is at least 12 years old, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York City Department of Education strongly encourage you to make a vaccination appointment for them as soon as possible by visiting

  • You can also call 877-VAX-4-NYC (877-829-4692) for help making an appointment at a City-run vaccination site. Many sites now have walk-in appointments.

  • For answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit