Vaccination is Recommended for People Aged 6 months+
The CDC recommends that all individuals aged 6 months to 4 years old get the COVID-19 vaccine, and those aged 5 and older receive the COVID-19 vaccine primary series and booster dose.
COVID-19 vaccines available for children include:
COVID-19 vaccine dosage is based on age on the day of the vaccination not on size or weight.
COVID-19 primary series vaccination for children and teens
|6 months - 4 years old||3-dose primary series||2-dose primary series||Not authorized|
|5 - 17 years old||2-dose primary series||2-dose primary series||Not authorized|
According to Pfizer’s clinical trial data, the company has determined that kids ages 5-11 years should receive a 10-microgram dose size and kids under 5 should receive a 3-microgram dose. The Moderna vaccine for children 5 years and under will contain 25-microgram doses. This is one-fourth of the dose that adults receive.
With the smaller dose sizes, children have demonstrated the same amount of robust immunity to COVID-19 as adolescents, teens and adults
For information on an additional primary dose for children who have a weakened immune system, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html
Children and Teens Who Have Already Had COVID-19 Should Still Get Vaccinated
Emerging evidence indicates that people can get added protection by getting vaccinated after having been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Even if a child has had COVID-19, they should still get vaccinated. For children who have been infected with COVID-19, their next dose can be delayed 3 months from when symptoms started or, if they did not have symptoms, when they received a positive test. This possible delay can happen with a primary dose or a booster dose.
Read the science about immunity from COVID-19 infection and vaccination.
COVID-19 Vaccines and Other Vaccines Can Be Given at the Same Visit
Children and teens may get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same time.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccination can help protect your child from getting COVID-19 and spreading it to others. It can also keep your child from becoming seriously ill or needing hospitalization if they do contract COVID-19.
Pediatric COVID-19 Data
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reported data that since the beginning of the pandemic, about 13.5 million children have been infected with COVID-19 — which is about 18% of all U.S. cases. Among states reporting, children ranged from 1.3 to 4.6% of their total cumulated hospitalizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts the pediatric death toll at 1,257 children under 18 years in the United States, representing 0.1 percent of total COVID deaths and 0.01 percent of pediatric COVID-19 cases.
Most children who are infected with the COVID-19 virus only experience mild symptoms such as low-grade fever, fatigue, and cough. However, some children have experienced severe illness and required hospitalization, or have experienced “long-haul” or recurring symptoms of COVID-19 in the weeks or even months after becoming infected—even if their initial illness was mild.
Children with underlying health conditions may be at an increased risk for developing complications and severe illness.
Ready to Vaccinate Your Child?
To book an appointment, visit:
- Your Health Provider
- Othena.com - The OC Health Care Agency, in partnership with CHOC are scheduling vaccine appointments for children 6 months to 4 years.
Find Out When Your Child Should Get Their Booster
Boosters are an important part of protecting yourself from getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19. They are recommended for most people. Use the CDC tool below to determine when your child can get one or more COVID-19 boosters.
Need More Information?
- Read FAQ on COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids, endorsed by American Academy of Pediatric-Orange County Chapter, Children’s Health of Orange County (CHOC) and UCI Health: English | Chinese (Simplified) | Korean | Spanish | Vietnamese
- Read CHOC Hospital’s FAQs – What Parents Should Know https://health.choc.org/guide/covid-19-vaccines-for-children-and-teens/#faqs
- Read the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – Why COVId-19 Vaccines are Important for Children https://www.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/covid-19-vaccine-for-children/why-covid-19-vaccines-are-important-for-children/
- Read more information from healthychildren.org https://healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx
- Read CDC’s Recommendation for COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 Years and Older https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/children-teens.html
- Talk to your Pediatrician about your questions and concerns.