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Community rooms at 16 branches of Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library will be used by the City on select Saturdays over the next three months to provide pediatric Pfizer vaccinations
Sixteen branches of Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library will offer COVID-19 vaccinations for 5 to 11 year olds beginning on Saturday, December 18.
In partnership with the NYC Test & Trace Corps, vaccinations will be offered in the community rooms of select locations on varying Saturdays in December, January, and February. Vaccinations will be administered during regular branch opening hours (with a break from 1:30 to 2:30), and will not impact other aspects of library operations.
Children must be accompanied by a consenting guardian and can receive their first or second doses at the libraries. For all other information about the vaccine and what is needed, patrons should visit the New York State page on COVID-19 vaccinations for children and adolescents..
Public libraries, trusted spaces in every community, have supported the City’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic, offering spaces for vaccinations and testing. With vaccinations approved for children aged 5 to 11, libraries are once again supporting these efforts, ensuring all New Yorkers have access to the care that they need.
Participating branches are below.
Brooklyn Public Library:
- Coney Island: December 18, January 8, 15, and 22
- New Lots: December 18, January 8, 15, and 22
- Brownsville: January 29, February 5, 12 and 19
- Flatbush: January 29, February 5, 12 and 19
- Central: January 29, February 5, 12 and 19
The New York Public Library (serving the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island):
- Eastchester (Bronx): December 18, January 8, 15, and 22
- Allerton (Bronx): December 18, January 8, 15, and 22
- Mariners Harbor (Staten Island): December 18, January 8, 15, and 22
- Bloomingdale (Manhattan): December 18, January 8, 15, and 22
- Castle Hill (Bronx): January 29, February 5, 12, and 19
- Andrew Heiskell (Manhattan): January 29, February 5, 12, and 19
- City Island (Bronx): January 29, February 5, 12, and 19
- St. George (Staten Island): January 29, February 5, 12, and 19
Queens Public Library:
- Laurelton: December 18, January 8, 15, and 22
- Peninsula: December 18, January 8, 15, and 22
- East Elmhurst: January 29, February 5, 12, and 19
About Brooklyn Public Library
Brooklyn Public Library is one of the nation’s largest library systems and among New York City’s most democratic institutions. As a leader in developing modern 21st century libraries, we provide resources to support personal advancement, foster civic literacy, and strengthen the fabric of community among the more than 2.6 million individuals who call Brooklyn home. We provide nearly 65,000 free programs a year with writers, thinkers, artists, and educators—from around the corner and around the world. And we give patrons millions of opportunities to enjoy one of life’s greatest satisfactions: the joy of a good book.
About The New York Public Library
For 125 years, The New York Public Library has been a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library receives approximately 16 million visits through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at www.nypl.org. To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at nypl.org/support.
About Queens Public Library
Queens Public Library is one of the largest and busiest public library systems in the United States, dedicated to serving the most ethnically and culturally diverse area in the country. An independent, non-profit organization founded in 1896, Queens Public Library offers free access to a collection of more than 5 million books and other materials in multiple languages, technology and digital resources, and more than 87,500 educational, cultural, and civic programs a year. It consists of 66 locations, including branch libraries, a Central Library, seven adult learning centers, a technology lab, and two teen centers.
About NYC Test & Trace Corps
The Test & Trace Corps is the City’s comprehensive effort to test, trace, and provide support for every case of COVID-19 and every person exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Through a partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Test & Trace Corps allows the City to immediately isolate and care for those who test positive for the virus and then rapidly track, assess, and quarantine anyone who may have been exposed. To help all New Yorkers safely separate at home and monitor their health status, the Take Care pillar of the Test & Trace Corps also offers free hotel rooms with wraparound services for New Yorkers who are unable to safely separate in their own homes. For those safely separating at home, contact tracers perform daily calls and conduct in-person visits as necessary. These calls allow tracers to gauge the progress of cases, ensure proper compliance with separation protocol, and connect people to more supportive services as necessary. Today, 98% of all COVID-19 cases and 94% of contacts reported following isolation and quarantine requirements.