The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible. Vaccination and booster appointments are available at a number of pediatric primary care clinics throughout the region. Children and teens ages 6 months to 17 years should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What You Need to Know about Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination and Boosters
- Kids ages 6 months and older can get the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
- The number of shots needed to complete the primary vaccine series, depends on your child's age, health and which vaccine they get. Some children ages 5+ who have a weakened immune system need additional primary does. Ask your child's pediatrician how many does your child needs.
- After completing the primary vaccine series, the CDC recommends boosters for children ages 5+ who are eligible. Updated boosters that offer additional protection are now available. Use the CDC's COVID-19 booster tool to find out if and when your child can get a booster.
- It's a good idea to drink plenty of water and eat a meal before getting a vaccine.
- At vaccination appointments, masks are required and must cover the mouth and nose. Masks should not be work by children under 2 years old.
- Plan to stay for 15 minutes after your child gets their shot. This is a safety guideline set by the CDC. We encourage children and teens to bring items to keep busy during this time.