“We really want kids to take advantage, families take advantage of that,” Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, said Thursday. “Everyone could use a little more money around the holidays. But, most importantly, we want our kids and our families to be safe.”
He promoted the incentive as the federal government ships millions of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to pediatricians and pharmacies for kids ages 5 to 11. Federal agencies cleared the child vaccine, which uses a smaller dose than the adult version, earlier in the week.
The mayor said it would be ideal for a parent to accompany a child getting the vaccine.
“Because it’s 100% clear they’re giving consent. But also just in terms of supporting the child, that’s ideal,” he said.
City officials warned the first few days of the child-vaccine rollout “will be busy,” though there will be sufficient supply and multiple avenues to find the shots.
The White House has said the rollout will reach full speed next week.