Outgoing New York City mayor Bill de Blasio revealed city health officials expect to begin doling out COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 to 11 within days.

On Tuesday, de Blasio said they are very excited to start their vaccination program for children.

“We’re really excited about this,” de Blasio said at his daily remote press briefing.

“This is fantastic news that our youngest New Yorkers are going to be eligible for the vaccine,” de Blasio added.

De Blasio said at the moment they are preparing everything to make sure the vaccination rollout will proceed without any problem.

“We’re looking at late next week or the week after, and that’s fantastic. We’re getting ready and excite” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Dave Chokshi, the city’s health commissioner, added that the vaccination for children could happen at the very end of next week or the week after that.

“Regardless of the precise date, we … will continue to prepare between now and then to make sure, as the mayor said, all of our sites will be ready and people have the information they need to be sure this will be a safe and effective addition to our vaccination campaign,” Chokshi said.

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