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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Children Ages 6 Months And Older 

The CDC recommends the new updated Fall 2023 COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Everyone aged 5 years and older: You are up to date when you get 1 updated COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Children aged 6 months—4 years: You are up to date when you get all recommended doses, including at least 1 dose of updated COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Children aged 6 months—5 years who got the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: You are up to date when you get 2 Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses, including at least 1 updated COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Mixing COVID-19 Vaccine Products

The CDC does not recommend mixing vacciness for your primary series doses. If you received Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Novavax for the first dose of your primary series, you should get the same product for all following primary series doses.

The following information applies to people who want to get different products for their booster vaccine.

  • Children aged 6 months–4 years should get the same product for all their primary series and booster, if eligible. However, children who only completed 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines should get the Pfizer-BioNTech updated (bivalent) vaccine as the 3rd dose in their primary series.

  • Children aged 6 months–4 years who completed the 2-dose Moderna primary series should get an updated (bivalent) Moderna booster.

  • Children aged 5 who completed the Pfizer-BioNTech primary series should only get the updated (bivalent) Pfizer-BioNTech booster.

  • Children aged 5 who completed the Moderna primary series can get a different product for their updated (bivalent) booster than they got for their primary series.

  • People ages 6 years and older can get a different product for their updated (bivalent) booster than they got for their primary series or last booster.

If You Have Questions Or Are Seeking COVID-19 Vaccination for Your Child:

  • Contact your doctor.

  • Dial 2-1-1 for answers to vaccine questions and to be connected to local resources.

  • You can find a list of local vaccine clinics HERE or visit www.vaccines.gov. Not all clinics will offer vaccination options for children. Please call the location directly to ensure they have the vaccine you are looking for.

Tips:

  • Make Vaccine Shots Less Stressful and Painful for Your Child: Many parents put off check-ups because they dread how their children might act when they need a shot. If your child, or you, are afraid of pain from getting a vaccine, you are not alone. At least two-thirds of children and one-fourth of adults have a fear of needles. There are simple ways to help make it a positive, calm, and even pain-free poke. In fact, you can follow some easy steps, and immunizations may not bother your child at all. 

  • According to the CDC and DHS guidance, adults and adolescents who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. That means that parents and guardians do not need to worry about their fully vaccinated children having to miss out on in-person school, after-school activities such as sports, and other extracurricular activities after being exposed to COVID-19.

Parent/Guardian Resources:

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