FDA and ACIP Have Approved COVID Vaccine for Kids under 12 Years

The FDA and ACIP have approved the COVID vaccine for children aged 5-11 years.

The most common questions asked by parents/guardians so far are:

  1. Can my child receive the COVID vaccine if he/she has received another vaccine recently?
    1. Currently, the CDC states that “COVID-19 vaccines may be administered without regard to timing of other vaccines. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day.” Link
  2. Can my child receive the COVID vaccine if he/she has has COVID recently?
    1. The CDC states that “COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 5 years and older, regardless of a history of symptomatic or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection; this includes people with prolonged post-COVID-19 symptoms and applies to primary series doses, additional primary doses, and booster doses.” Link
    2. Further, the CDC also states that “people with known current SARS-CoV-2 infection should defer vaccination at least until recovery from the acute illness (if symptoms were present) has been achieved and criteria to discontinue isolation have been met.” Link
  3. What if my child is 11 and almost 12? What dose should he/she receive?
    1. The CDC states that “children should receive the vaccine dosage and formulation based on their age on the day of vaccination with each dose. If a child turns 12 years old between their first and second dose, they should receive the age-appropriate 30 µg Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (purple cap) formulation or COMIRNATY for their second dose to complete their series. However, the FDA authorization allows children who will turn from 11 years to 12 years of age between their first and second dose in the primary regimen to receive, for either dose, either: (1) the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine formulation for children aged 5–11 years (each 0.2 ml dose containing 10 µg in an orange cap vial); or (2) COMIRNATY or the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine formulation authorized for use in individuals 12 years of age and older (each 0.3 mL dose containing 30 mcg in a purple cap vial). If such dosing occurred, the child is considered fully vaccinated. This is not considered an error and VAERS reporting is not indicated.” Link

Please use the following link to submit a COVID vaccine appointment request: https://lakeforestpediatrics.com/covid-vaccine-appointments/  Once a request has been submitted, it will be time-stamped in our system for a return call from our Front Desk staff. When you see the following message: “Thank you for your form submission…” your vaccine appointment request has been received by our system. Please be patient and wait for our team members to give you a call to set up the appointment.

We are so proud to serve our community, thank you for your patience during this process. And while we want to be able to provide the vaccine to all our patients, our supply and clinic schedules may push appointments out several weeks. And at this time, due to incredibly high demand, if you are able to receive the vaccine from your school or local pharmacy, we recommend that as an alternative site for your child.

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