COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Immunizations works best when we are all immunized. What we do know is that if vaccinated, those with breakthrough infections are experiencing less illness and hospitalizations. There is data to support vaccinated individuals are less likely to transmit the virus due to lower detectable viral loads.
The US Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorization for use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to prevent COVID-19 in children between the ages of 5-11. Research has shown that these new vaccines are both safe and effective. This is a new vaccine with a lower dose than what is given to teenagers and adults. Children ages 5-11 will receive a dose that is 1/3 of what is given to those age 12 and older. They will receive a 2 dose series that is 21 days apart.
Our office is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. Please call the office, or send a message via the Portal, to schedule your child's appointment for the vaccine, or you can ask about it at your child's next appointment. If you do not have a portal account set up, we can set it up at the time of scheduling your appointment.
At this time, ages 12 and up will need to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at local pharmacies or check community and state resource websites for appointment offerings.
Here are some updates regarding boosters for the vaccine:
- The CDC has updated recommendations for when people can receive a booster shot, shortening the interval from 6 months to 5 months for anyone who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID -19 vaccine.
- The booster for anyone who has had the Moderna vaccine (6 months) and the J&J vaccine (2 months) has not changed.
- Moderately or severely immune compromised 5-11 year olds receive an additional primary dose of the vaccine 28 days after their second shot.
Click on the links below to learn more about the COVID Vaccine for children ages 5 and up.
The links below give more information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.