The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children and teens ages 5-17 receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination and booster appointments are available at a number of pediatric primary clinics throughout the region. Children and teens ages 5-17 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What You Need to Know about Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination and Boosters
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children and adolescents ages 5-17 receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
- The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine authorized for children ages 5-17, at this time.
- The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 is a smaller dose.
- The vaccine is a two-dose primary series that is given three weeks apart.
- Children and teens ages 12-17 should get a Pfizer booster dose 5 months after their primary series.
- Children ages 5+ who are moderately or severely immune compromised should get an additional primary dose.
- Drink plenty of water and eat a meal before getting a vaccine.
- Masks are required and must cover the mouth and nose.
- Plan to stay for 15 minutes after vaccination per CDC guidelines. Children and teens are encouraged to bring items to keep busy during this time.