COVID-19 Vaccines for Young Children
On 6/19/22, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months. See Statement.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against COVID-19. See CDC's recommendation. Read CDC’s FAQs Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination for Children and Teens | CDC.
COVID-19 primary series vaccination for children and teens (CDC), as of 6/19/22.
|6 months-4 years old||3 dose primary series||2 dose primary series|
|5 years old||2 dose primary series||2 dose primary series|
|6-17 years old||2 dose primary series||Not authorized|
Some vaccine locations which are currently in receipt of the initial vaccine shipments and offering appointments, can be found by visiting www.vaccines.gov and searching locations by zip code. Parents and legal guardians seeking a vaccine for their eligible child(ren) can also check with their primary care providers and/or pharmacy for expedited availability. Vaccination appointments for the HCA/CHOC sites will be made available on www.Othena.com over the next week as plans are finalized.
Clinical trials involving thousands of infants and toddlers 6 months and older firmly show that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in this population. Children get a smaller dose of COVID-19 vaccine than teens and adults that is the right amount for their age group.
Studies have shown that getting our children vaccinated is the safest way to protect them from the worst outcomes of COVID-19, including hospitalization, long COVID, Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), and death. Getting everyone in our homes and communities vaccinated reduces the chances for the virus to spread to those we love most.
Mobile COVID-19 Clinics are providing vaccines and test kits to uninsured individuals. For current and additional locations, dates and times, visit Othena.com or call (800) 564-8448.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Key Vaccine Topics:
- 10 Things Healthcare Professionals Need to Know
- Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) COVID-19 Vaccine Guidelines
- Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
- COVID-19 Vaccination Health Systems Communications Toolkit
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Vaccination Considerations for Persons with Underlying Medical Conditions
The OC Health Care Agency is scheduling COVID-19 vaccines online through www.Othena.com or by downloading the app on iPhone or Android.
Individuals who live or work in Orange County, CA can register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine online through www.Othena.com or by downloading the app on iPhone or Android.