kids age 5 to 11 can get protected with a covid-19 vaccine just for them!
NEW: On May 19, the CDC recommended a booster shot for 5- to 11- year olds who completed their primary vaccine series at least five months ago.
You can get a booster shot through your child’s health care provider, pharmacy or one of the walk-in clinics listed at healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine. If you have questions, reach out to your provider. Read more about CDC's recommendation
Coming Soon! COVID-19 VACCINES FOR CHILDREN UNDER 5
The COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 6 months through 4 years are in the final stages of review. On June 15, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration’s independent expert committee is scheduled to review Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine clinical trial data and make recommendations for authorization.
The next steps include review by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advisory committee, and then the CDC Director. If the CDC recommends the vaccines for this age group, vaccines could be available to Vermont kids by the end of June.
Most vaccines for this age group will be given at pediatricians’ offices and other health care practices. There will also be limited availability at pharmacies or pop-up-type clinics. If you have questions, reach out to your child’s health care provider.
Please check back as we keep this page updated with the latest information.
Getting our children vaccinated will keep them safe and healthy, and help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. It also means more freedom so Vermont kids can be kids. They can see friends and family, travel and stay in school — all with less worry.
Same vaccine, smaller dose
Children 5 to 11 will receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The dose is specially made for this age group - one-third the size of the dose for people 12 and older. This provides enough protection with the least potential for side effects. Just like adolescents and adults, children will receive two doses of the vaccine given three weeks apart.
How we know the vaccine is safe and effective for younger children
COVID-19 vaccines were developed after decades of research. While the COVID-19 virus itself is relatively new, scientists have been studying these types of viruses, known as coronaviruses, for decades. Children’s immune systems are different at different ages. They are also different from adults. This means that the vaccine studies done for adults and older children needed to be repeated with younger children. A recent study found:
- Effectiveness: The vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children age 5 to 11. Immune responses of children age 5 to 11 were comparable to those of teens and young adults.
- Safety: The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children age 5 to 11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study. Millions of people have been safely vaccinated against COVID-19, including over 100 million people fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. That includes 12.6 million fully vaccinated 12- to 17-year-olds, and 31,000 12- to 17-year-olds here in Vermont.
Vermont pediatricians have hosted online conversations about COVID-19 vaccines for children! View a recording here.
Learn about vaccines for 5-11 years olds in this video from Dr. Andrea Green: American Sign Language | العربية / Arabic | မြန်မာစာ / Burmese | Français / French | Kirundi | नेपाली / Nepali | Soomaali / Somali | Español / Spanish | Swahili | Tiếng Việt / Vietnamese
What Families with Children Should Know About COVID-19 Vaccines
In العربية / Arabic | မြန်မာစာ / Burmese | 中文 / Chinese, Simplified | Chinese, Traditional | دری / Dari | Français / French | Kirundi | नेपाली / Nepali | پښتو / Pashto | Soomaali / Somali | Español / Spanish | Swahili | Tiếng Việt / Vietnamese
- Talk to them about what to expect when they get the vaccine, and what might happen in the days after. They might feel a little sick for a day or two after getting their vaccine, but it won’t last long.
- Talk them through how the vaccine will teach their body to fight off the COVID-19 virus, and how by getting vaccinated they are helping to protect everyone around them.
- For more tips, look at Confident Care for Kids for vaccine visit preparation, and check out this article on making the shot a positive and calm experience for your child and you. This page is now available in Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, English, French, Nepali, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, and Vietnamese - use the drop-down option in the top right corner of the Confident Care for Kids page.
Take a listen to the But Why kids podcast to hear questions from kids and parents about how the COVID-19 vaccine for kids works.
Starting April 1, 2022, registration for state clinics through the Health Department will no longer be available. We encourage parents and caregivers to get your child vaccinated through your pediatrician or family health care provider, a pharmacy or anywhere you get other vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccine is still free at any location and widely available across the state! Find a vaccine near you at Vaccines.gov.
Walk-in vaccine clinics are still being added regularly. See what's new in the in the vaccine clinics list to find a location near you! Be sure to search for "Pfizer 5-11" to find a site for your child's vaccination.
If you cannot get your child a vaccine through one of these options, call the Health Department at 802-863-7240.
If you have a child with special health needs and it may not be in their best interest to travel to a vaccine clinic, speak to your health care provider about arranging vaccination at home. Or you can call 802-863-7240 to learn more about this option.
For any walk-in clinic, you must come to get your vaccine with a parent or guardian who can give consent or bring a completed Immunization Clinic Consent Form and Prevaccination Checklist for COVID-19 Vaccine. Find translations for the consent and checklist.