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COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

Dr. Michael D. Warren, Pediatrician and Associate Administrator for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau at HRSAThe time has finally come when we can expand COVID-19 vaccination efforts down to age 5! Please help support and promote vaccination for children ages 5 through 11 so we can protect as many children and families as possible from COVID-19.


This week, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended use of the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorized the vaccine for this age group, and together, their support authorizes widespread administration of the vaccine.


Children are at risk for contracting COVID-19, and some can get seriously ill. Even if a child doesn’t get severely ill, they could face long-term health consequences or pass the virus to others. The best way to protect children against COVID-19, including the Delta variant—in school, in sports, and with their friends—is by getting them vaccinated.

This is a safe and effective vaccine. Like other pediatric vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine was thoroughly tested and then reviewed by the FDA and CDC before these agencies authorized and recommended it for wide use. The vaccine will be available at no cost, regardless of citizenship or insurance status.


We encourage everyone to let your stakeholders know that the vaccine is safe and a key tool to help kids and families get back to normal. 


Please help spread the word widely by sharing through your networks and on social media. Anyone who has questions about the vaccine and possible side effects can refer to the CDC website for information and resources, or talk to a pediatrician, school nurse or other trusted healthcare provider.


Thank you for your continued work and partnership to keep kids safe and healthy.


Sincerely,


Dr. Michael D. Warren, Pediatrician and Associate Administrator for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau at HRSA

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2021