Quick Tips Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination In Kids

The lower dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those 5 to 11 years old is 10 micrograms, as compared to the 30 micrograms for adults. STONY BROOK MEDICINE

The state’s vast network of pediatricians, family physicians, county health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers, rural health centers and pharmacies stand ready to vaccinate the newly eligible group of 5- to 11-year-olds. Here’s some facts from the New York State Department of Health about what parents should know about the COVID-19 injection:

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and free.
  • COVID-19 vaccines have undergone — and will continue to undergo — the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.
  • Vaccinating children will help protect them from getting COVID-19 and reduce their risk of severe disease, hospitalizations or developing long-term COVID-19 complications.
  • COVID-19 cases in children can result in hospitalizations, deaths, MIS-C (inflammatory syndromes) and long-term complications, such as “long COVID,” in which symptoms can linger for months.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the spread of the delta variant resulted in a surge of COVID-19 cases in children throughout the summer.
  • Similar to what was seen in adult vaccine trials, the vaccine was nearly 91 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 among children aged 5 to 11 years.
  • In clinical trials, vaccine side effects were mild, self-limiting and similar to those seen in adults and with other vaccines recommended for children. The most common side effect was a sore arm.
  • Children will need a second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine three weeks after their first shot.
  • Children can’t get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine, include the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
  • The vaccine cannot cause fertility issues in children, and the vaccine cannot change their DNA.
  • Children may get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit or at separate visits without any waiting period between vaccines.

Where To Get A Shot

The pediatric practice as part of Stony Brook Medicine will be offering vaccines to patients 5 to 11 years old by appointment only. To reach the COVID-19 vaccine hotline, call 631-638-1320 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Northwell Health rolled out a series of vaccine clinics offering the shots to children, including one in Nassau and three in Suffolk County, beginning last weekend. Most sessions run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are required. Parents can call 844-919-8222 or go to northwell.edu/vaccinelocations.

CVS Pharmacy said on its website that select locations will be offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11 starting November 7.

Walgreens and Rite Aid said it will begin administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children 5 to 11 years old in thousands of select stores nationwide beginning November 6.

New York State also launched a website, which builds upon the #GetTheVaxFacts campaign launched last week, with resources for parents to learn about the vaccine. It also includes a link to www.vaccines.gov, a search tool that can connect you to local providers that have the shot. Parents and guardians can also text their ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find nearby locations.