Vaccine for Kids

Omicron Boosters for Kids: Now offering Pfizer for 5+ years and Moderna for 6+ years. Click to make an appointmentcall 1-833-829-2626 or visit a pop-up vaccine clinic.

Last updated 10/18/2022
 

We know that your child’s health and safety matter most. Children ages 6 months and older are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine and children ages 5 and older can get a vaccine and  booster.  You may have questions or concerns – that’s okay. We encourage you to review the information below and talk to your child’s doctor if you have more questions.
 

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Vaccines are Safe & Effective

  • The COVID-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested and reviewed, and as with all vaccines, continue to be monitored for safety. Tens of millions of children and teens ages 5-17 have safely received at least one COVID-19 dose.

  • Data from clinical trials shows that the vaccines are safe for younger kids.

    • Children may have mild side effects, such as a sore arm, fatigue, headache, or slight fever, and most pass in one or two days. These are normal signs that their body is building protection. Serious side effects are rare and treatable.

    • The vaccines greatly lower the risk of serious illness, long-lasting COVID-19 symptoms, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

    • Vaccinated children are much less likely to get severely ill from COVID-19, including variants such as Omicron. That means they are less likely to miss school, sports and social activities.

  • You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.

  • There is no evidence that the vaccine, or any other vaccines, cause fertility problems.

  • The risk of myocarditis (inflammation in the heart) is rare. In fact, getting COVID-19 increases the risk of developing myocarditis.

The Risk of COVID-19 to Children 

COVID-19 can make children and teens of any age very sick and can sometimes require treatment in a hospital. Some children and teens have even died from COVID-19.  Although children with underlying medical conditions are more likely to get severe COVID-19, healthy children without underlying conditions can also experience severe illness.

  • Approximately 1 in 3 children younger than 18 years old hospitalized with COVID-19 have no underlying medical conditions.

  • COVID-19 is now one of the leading causes of death among children.

  • More than 122,000 children in the U.S. have been hospitalized. One-third of those hospitalized kids have been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), similar to the rate for adults.

  • Long COVID: After getting COVID-19, children and teens can also experience a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems. These post-COVID conditions can be physical or mental, last for weeks and affect quality of life.

  • Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C): MIS-C is a rare but serious condition associated with COVID-19 infection in kids. Approximately 60-70% of MIS-C patients are admitted to hospital intensive care units.

 

The best way to prevent your child from getting really sick from COVID-19 is to keep them up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination and boosters. Since the Omicron variant became dominant, children ages 5-11 who are unvaccinated are twice as likely to be hospitalized than children who are vaccinated. Prescription treatment medications, such as Paxlovid, that help people with COVID-19 recover are not yet authorized for children under 12.

About the Vaccines

Dosage for all COVID-19 vaccines is based on your child’s age on the date of vaccination, not by their weight or size. The dosage is smaller than the one given to people ages 12 and older (adult dosage).

 

Ages 6 Months to 4 Years

  • Your child will need 3 doses of the vaccine – the first two doses are given 3 weeks apart, followed by the third dose 2 months later
     

Ages 5+ Years

  • Your child will need 2 doses of the vaccine at least 3 weeks apart

  • For added protection, your child should get the Omicron booster 2 months after their second dose:

    • The Omicron booster from Pfizer is available to people ages 5 years and older

    • The Omicron booster from Moderna is available to people ages 6 years and older

       

If Your Child is Feeling Nervous

  • Think about when to tell them about their appointment. Some experts recommend one day ahead for every year of life.

  • Calmly tell them what will happen during the appointment.

  • Use neutral language like “vaccine” instead of "shot” and “pinch” or “pressure” instead of “poke.”

  • Encourage them to ask questions, express their feelings, or role play with their toys.
     

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