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NEWS

COVID-19 Vaccine for Children

All kids 5 and older are now eligible to get vaccinated.

  • This is a safe and effective vaccine. It has undergone rigorous review, and now has been authorized by FDA and recommended by CDC for kids ages 5-11, after thorough testing for safety in thousands of children.
  • This is a landmark moment in our fight against the virus, one parents have been eagerly waiting for – and it means 28 million kids ages 5 through 11 are now eligible for the lifesaving protection of a vaccines.

The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to keep your child safe.

  • The best way to protect your child against COVID-19, including the Delta variant, is to get them vaccinated.

    Kids are being infected with COVID-19, and some are getting seriously ill or sadly even dying. Even if your child doesn’t get severely ill, they could face long-term health consequences or pass the virus to others.

  • If your child gets COVID-19, the negative health effects can be serious and last months; but the most common side effect of the vaccine is a sore arm.
  • We know that many parents are trying to decide what is right for their child and their family. If you have questions about your child and the COVID-19 vaccine, talk to a pediatrician, school nurse, or another trusted health care provider.

Finding a vaccine is easy, and getting vaccinated is free.

Vaccines are starting to arrive in locations across the country now as the program ramps up. Starting the week of November 8, the vaccine for kids will be available in more than 20,000 sites across the country, including thousands of pediatricians and family doctors’ offices, pharmacies, community health centers, children’s hospitals, and community-based sites and schools.

Parents will be able to find available vaccines at vaccines.gov or by contacting their health care provider or local pharmacy. Sites are beginning to upload their inventories, and the updated vaccines.gov will be fully up and running by the end of the week.

Vaccines help protect your child, your family, and your community.

  • 15 million adolescents have already been vaccinated.
  • The vaccines offer lasting protection to prevent your child from getting infected or, worse, having severe outcomes. The vaccine is more than 90% effective.
  • Getting vaccinated will help keep schools open, sports going, and help our kids maintain a more normal lifestyle, thanks to the comfort and protection provided by the vaccines.

For answers to questions or to schedule an appointment for a child, please call the PBPN Health Center at 785-966-8200.