child & Adolescent Vaccination

 

Vaccination against COVID is now available to children and adolescents ages 5 and older. On November 2, 2021, the CDC recommended children ages 5-11 be vaccinated against COVID with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. 

The CDC now recommends boosters for individuals age 12 and older who received the Pfizer vaccine at least five months after completion of the inital series.

Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized for populations under age of 18 at this time.

how is the vaccine administered to children and adolescents?

The Pfizer vaccine is administered as a two-dose series, with doses given three weeks apart. The vaccine for children 5-11 years of age is a lower dose (10 micrograms) than that used for individuals 12 years and older (30 micrograms).

Is the vaccine safe for children and adolescents?

Prior to the authorization for ages 12-15 in May 2021, Pfizer and BioNTech completed a phase 3 trial including 2,260 adolescents ages 12 to 15 with half receiving the vaccine and half receiving the placebo. Results indicated that the vaccine appears to be as effective among adolescents as older age groups. Side effects were similar to those in adult populations and include fatigue, chills, headache and pain at injection site, with fever reported as a slight increase in comparison to other age groups.

Among children ages 5-11, vaccination in ongoing clinical trials has been nearly 91% effective in preventing COVID-19. During the study that resulted in FDA and CDC approval, approximately 3,100 children ages 5-11 participated. 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 in this clinical trial was a sore arm. 

If you have questions or concerns about vaccination for children or adolescents, please seek guidance from your child's pediatrician or family physician. 

Why vaccinate your child or teen?

By vaccinating your child, you are protecting them against the virus, ensuring they don’t infect others, reducing disruption to in-person learning and helping our community safely return to a more normal daily life. According to the CDC, COVID cases in children ages 5 to 11 account for 39% of cases in individuals younger than 18. COVID cases in children can result in hospitalization, death, inflammatory syndromes such as MIS-C and long-term complications. 

Vaccination also reduces the likelihood of additional variants of the virus developing.

If you have questions or concerns about vaccination for children or adolescents, please seek guidance from your child's pediatrician or family physician.

where are vaccines available to children ages 5-11?

Maury Regional Medical Group (MRMG) Primary Care & Pediatrics offers Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination to children ages 5 and older. Vaccinations are available to children on a walk-in basis during regular hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The practice is located at 1222 Trotwood Avenue, Suite 108, in Columbia. For more information, call 931.380.4066.

COVID-19 vaccines for children are also available at local health departments and retail pharmacies.

WHEre are vaccines provided to ages 12 and older?

Vaccines for ages 12 and older are available at numerous locations, including health departments, retail pharmacies and through Maury Regional Health's vaccine clinic in Columbia.

It should be noted that parent/guardian consent is required for individuals under the age of 18.

Additional Resources

For more information about the Pfizer vaccine, read the manufacturer's fact sheets available here: