The Child Center of NY Is a Test and Trace Community Partner

At The Child Center, we care deeply about the communities we serve and are committed to doing everything we can to keep them healthy, safe, and thriving. When the COVID-19 pandemic came to our city, it hit our communities especially hard. That is why we are a community partner of NYC’s Test and Trace Corps: to get the word out about where you can get tested and/or vaccinated — for free — and how you can protect yourself, your family, and your community from COVID-19. We want to make sure our families have access to everything they need to be safe. The most important thing you can do is get vaccinated. See below for more information.

Vaccine Finder

To find a vaccination site near you, use the City’s Vaccine Finder (not accessible with Internet Explorer). Note that people who are 12 to 17 years old can only receive the Pfizer vaccine.

For more information, please visit the following NYC Department of Health pages:

Vaccine Update

Pfizer Vaccine Now Available for Adolescents — Walk-Ins Welcome
Adolescents ages 12-15 can now receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at any of the city’s 11 public hospitals. Appointments are suggested and can be made online or by phone. Walk-ins are also welcome. Parents or guardians are required to fill out two consent forms.

More information on the NYC Health + Hospitals website.

Testing & Vax Vans

We are pleased to host the following COVID-19 Mobile Testing and Vaccination Vans at Child Center locations the week of Monday, September 20 through Sunday, September 26.


COVID-19 Town Halls

In addition to weekly virtual town halls hosted by the youth in our programs, The Child Center has enlisted our pediatric health care partners at Strong Children Wellness to lead meetings for the public in both English and Spanish. Please see below for the upcoming list of events.

Strong Children Wellness is hosting virtual town halls on COVID-19 in both English and Spanish

What Is Test and Trace?

The NYC Test & Trace Corps is a public health initiative that was established in 2020 to fight COVID-19 so that New Yorkers could get back to school and work and help New York City reopen safely. The Corps is a group of doctors, public health professionals, and community advocates and organizations like The Child Center working to reverse the COVID-19 pandemic and protect our city. We are here to help you be a part of this effort and keep yourself, your family, and your community safe. Everyone, including young people, can still get very sick and spread COVID-19 to loved ones, even if they do not have symptoms. But together we can stop the spread of COVID-19, keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, and help NYC recover by getting vaccinated and practicing these 5 steps:

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Practice physical distancing—keep at least 6 feet away from others when outside your home.
  • Wear a face covering when you are outside your home.
  • Get tested. Find a test site near you at or text COVID TEST to 855-48.


FREE COVID-19 tests are confidential and safe. Go to NYC.Gov/COVIDTest or text “COVID TEST” to 855-48 to find a testing site near you. Or call 1-844-NYC-4NYC. Get tested even if you do not have symptoms or are unsure if you were exposed to COVID-19. And if you HAVE been exposed (maybe you’ve been in a large crowd), have symptoms, or are planning to visit a loved one who is at risk of severe illness, you should get a COVID-19 diagnostic test. Most results are returned in about 3 to 5 days.


New Yorkers who test positive for COVID-19 will receive a call from the Test & Trace Corps to make sure that they receive care and can safely separate to prevent the spread. Be sure to answer any calls from NYC Test+Trace or (212) numbers to get free resources and support. They are here to help you and will keep all your information confidential.

Take Care

If you test positive, the NYC Test & Trace Corps will make sure you and your close contacts have the resources needed to safely isolate at home. If you are not able to safely isolate at home, they can also arrange for you to stay in a free, comfortable, and convenient hotel room to help prevent the spread of the virus. NYC Test & Trace Corps Contact Tracers can refer you to the hotel program or anyone can call 1-844-NYC-4NYC (1-844-692-4692) to book a room. Learn more.

What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

  • People have reported a wide range of symptoms, from mild to severe.
  • Some people will not have any symptoms but still remain contagious.
  • Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
  • People with the following symptoms may have COVID-19 (this does not include all possible symptoms):
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

How Does COVID-19 Affect Babies & Children?


  • Children have similar symptoms as adults but generally have mild illness.
  • Doctors have identified a rare but serious condition in some children, called Multisystem Inflammatory Systems in Children (MIS-C), that is associated with COVID-19. For more information, please see this NYC Health Fact Sheet.

Developing Babies

  • It is not currently known if there is any risk to the fetus of a pregnant person who has COVID-19.
  • A small number of issues have been reported (such as preterm birth) in babies born to people who tested positive for COVID-19 during pregnancy. It is not clear that these outcomes were related to the birth parent’s infection.
  • There have been few studies of infants who have tested negative for the COVID-19 virus born to parents with COVID-19. There have also been very few studies on infants who tested positive for the virus shortly after birth, but it is unknown if transmission happened before or after birth.
  • The virus has not been found in samples of amniotic fluid or breast milk.

Who Should Get a COVID-19 Diagnostic Test?

  • All New Yorkers should get tested for COVID-19.
  • It is especially important to get tested if:
    • You have symptoms.
    • Were in close contact with someone who was diagnosed with or had symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Were recently at a protest or other large gathering (including weddings, barbeques, or house parties).
    • Are planning to visit someone at high risk of severe illness.
    • Live or work in a group residential setting (such as a nursing home).
    • Work in health care.
    • Have a job that involves regular close contact with others.

Locating Testing Sites

There are hundreds of convenient testing sites across the city, as well as mobile testing units visiting different locations throughout the five boroughs.

COVID-19 testing is FREE at these sites and completely confidential. You will not be asked about your immigration status when getting tested.

For more information and free resources, visit

Thank you for doing your part to keep NYC healthy and safe from COVID-19!

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