COVID Vaccine Updates: Stony Brook set to begin Pfizer vaccine trial in kids and babies

NEW YORK (WABC) – Stony Brook Hospital is now accepting requests to investigate Pfizer’s COVID vaccine in children under the age of 12.

Registration opens today at Stony Brook Medicine’s Advanced Specialty Care in Commack.

The doctors will make appointments in the next two weeks.

The researchers are looking for children as young as 6 months to participate in the study.

Interested families can call the COVID vaccine clinical trial hotline: 631-638-COVI and leave a message with their name, name and date of birth of their child and a contact number, or send an email to

Here are more headlines from today:

11 Pop Up Vaccine Sites In Areas Of NY With Lower Vaccination Rates
Eleven new pop-up vaccine sites will open in areas of New York where vaccination rates are below the national average.

All 11 locations will be opened for walk-in vaccinations on a first-come-first-served basis. Click here for details.

No mask requirement outdoors at summer camps in NJ
No masks will be required outdoors at summer camps in New Jersey this summer, Gov Murphy said, and previewed the updated guidelines to be released on Wednesday.

“We wanted to say in advance that under this guidance, masking is not required for either campers or staff in the open air, although unvaccinated individuals are still urged to mask themselves while engaging in activities that involve prolonged contact with others or in a include crowded surroundings, “he said. “Indoors, unvaccinated campers are strongly advised to wear a mask, while all unvaccinated workers, with limited exceptions, must be masked.”

Another COVID-19 side effect: Many children go to summer school
With her three teenagers vaccinated against COVID-19, Aja Purnell-Mitchell left it up to them to decide whether to go back to school for the summer vacation. The decision was unanimous: Summer school.

“Getting them back to helping them get back in touch with their friends, maybe meet new people, and of course pick up the things they were missing from Zoom,” said the Durham County, North Carolina mother. and ticked her hoping for the upcoming session, which will see her kids in the classroom for the first time since the spring 2020 outbreak.

In the US, more kids than ever could be in classrooms for summer school this year to make up for the loss of learning during the outbreak that led to monumental disruptions in education. School districts across the country are expanding their summer programs and offering rewards to attract teachers to attend.

First cruise ship has been departing North America since 2020 with more than 95% vaccination
Celebrity Cruises crossed a big hurdle on the high seas this weekend as his Celebrity Millennium was the first ship in more than a year to sail with guests from North America. The Millennium pulled out of St. Maarten on Saturday with 95% of its passengers and all crew fully vaccinated – making it the largest COVID-19 vaccinated cruise in the world to date.

Mask requirement at school relaxed in extreme heat
New Jersey school officials are empowered to loosen the masking of students and staff in their buildings in the face of extreme weather conditions, announced Governor Phil Murphy.
NY mask update in schools
Governor Cuomo announced schools and camps can make decisions about masks outdoors, but they are still needed indoors.

“We spoke to CDC, they have guidelines for schools across the country,” he said. “So your political orientation is for the lowest positivity status and the highest. You won’t change your forecast for several weeks.”

NY restrictions can be lifted when vaccination reaches 70%
Governor Cuomo said “We can loosen virtually all restrictions” if 70% of New Yorkers have received at least one dose. 68.6% of New Yorkers currently have a dose. 1.4% more to walk. Once that happens, Cuomo said that “masks are only required as recommended by CDC. There will still be some institutional guidelines, large venues, schools, public transportation, hospitals and nursing homes.”


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