Effective immediately, under an Emergency Use Authorization, the CDC is recommending a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.
Delaware County Public Health says this 2-dose, primary vaccine series is recommended for all children aged 5-11, regardless of a history of symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID-19 infection. It is important to note that individuals can receive other vaccines on the same day they receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
For example, these patients can receive their flu vaccine any time before, after, or at the same time as the Pfizer COVID vaccine if both are readily available. The COVID-19 vaccine dosage is different for this age group than other age groups. At this time, a booster dose is NOT recommended for ages 5-11.
Delaware County Public Health will provide more information on upcoming vaccine clinics for pediatric children (ages 5-11) as soon as their Pediatric Pfizer vaccine shipment information is available.
Children may experience fewer side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine than adolescents or young adults. Those who have evidence of a prior infection may also have fewer side effects than those without evidence of prior infection.
Side effects may include:
- Pain, swelling, and/or redness at the injection site
- Muscle aches and/or pains
- Joint stiffness
- Swelling of lymph nodes
Routine pain and fever reducing medication may be taken AFTER the vaccination for treatment of these possible side effects, if needed. Please note that in general, Aspirin is not recommended for use in children and adolescents under 18 years of age due to the risk of Reye’s syndrome.
If you have any questions, please call Delaware County Public Health at 563-927-7551.