Children ages 5 to 11 will receive a lower dose than people ages 12 and up. The dose for children is ten micrograms versus 30 micrograms in patients over age 12.
The vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 comes in a vial with an orange cap and label to distinguish them from the adult doses, which use purple caps and labels.
Only the Pfizer vaccine has emergency approval for use in children and teenagers ages 5 to 17.
Studies found that for children, the side effects are consistent with the side effects experienced by adults after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The common side effects include a sore arm near the injection site, tiredness, headache, achiness, fevers, and chills. Side effects typically last no longer than 48 hours.
Yes! Currently, there are no restrictions on getting other vaccines during an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. For example, children could get the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine during the same appointment.
You may visit one of the Emergent Testing vaccine centers for your child to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to the CDC, reports of myocarditis and pericarditis in children and young adults occurred in rare cases after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The occurrence of the condition was higher after the second dose. Yet, the CDC also noted that cases were rare, and the vaccine’s benefits outweigh the risks. Plus, the COVID-19 virus can also cause myocarditis.
No! According to the CDC, children cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
The COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine is now available at Emergent Testing vaccine locations for children ages 5 to 11. Contact us with questions or for additional information.