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COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Parents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against COVID-19.

There are two vaccines available for ages 6 months and older: Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Both are mRNA vaccines. For everyone ages 12 years and older, a third vaccine called Novavax is also available. This brand is a protein-based vaccine.

Booster Dose: Everyone ages 5 years and older are eligible for an updated booster (which protects against Omicron and all its recent variants) at least two months after their last COVID-19 vaccine dose, whether it was their final primary series dose or an original (monovalent) booster

  • Children ages 5 years and older may get a Pfizer-BioNTech updated booster (which protects against Omicron and all its recent variants).
  • Children ages 6 years and older may choose to get either a Moderna or Pfizer updated booster (which protects against Omicron and all its recent variants). This is regardless of which brand they received for their primary series.

If you are moderately or severely immunocompromised, talk to your pediatrician or health care provider. They can share information about a schedule for primary series and booster doses.

To find a vaccine, start with your pediatrician. This is especially important for children ages 6 months through 11 years. Before going to a clinic, pop-up vaccine site or pharmacy, check whether they administer it based on your child’s age.

Some parents and caregivers may have questions about the vaccines. They may also be unsure about whether their child should get them. Below is more information, including questions for your pediatrician.

Benefits of Vaccination

Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

Resources for Children with Disabilities

COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

Vaccine Effectiveness in Children