Pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York have increased nearly 200% since November 1. Garnet Health strongly encourages all parents and guardians of children ages five and older to get them vaccinated as soon as possible. Garnet Health states that the vaccine is safe, effective and is the best tool for protecting children. In addition, Garnet recommends having children wear a mask, avoid crowds and practice social distancing in public. If parents or guardians think their child may have COVID, Garnet recommends consulting the child’s pediatrician and getting the child tested. More information is available at ny.gov/vaccine.