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COVID-19 Vaccinations for Teens and Children Ages 5 and Older

Release Date: January 13, 2022

On November 2, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination for children 5 to 11 years of age. CDC now recommends the following:

  • Moderately or severely immunocompromised minors, within the 5 to 11 year age range, may receive an additional dose of vaccine, 28 days after their second shot, for a total of three doses.
  • Adolescents ages 12 to 17 years old may receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer vaccination series.

Finding Information on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Age 5 Years and Older

The CDC’s guidance and recommendations for teens and children is increasingly important as more schools across the country return to in-person learning following the surge in Omicron cases. Use the following resources if you are looking for a vaccine for you child:

  • Ask your child’s healthcare provider about whether they offer COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.
  • Check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccination walk-ins or appointments are available for children.
  • Contact your state, territorial, local, or tribal health department for more information.

The Federal Government is providing the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status. For more information about where to find a vaccine for your child you can visit the CDC website on vaccines for children and teens or the AAP vaccine information website.

Last Updated: 11/06/2023
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