The federal government provides the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their health insurance status. Check with your child’s healthcare provider about whether they offer COVID-19 vaccination. You can also check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccination walk-ins or appointments are available for children. Contact your state, territorial, local, or tribal health department for more information.
COVID-19 Vaccine Dosage and Administration for Children and Teens
Unlike many medications, the COVID-19 vaccine dosage does not vary by patient weight but by age on the day of vaccination. Adolescents ages 12 years and older receive the same dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as adults. However, children ages 5 through 11 years receive an age-appropriate dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 years has the same active ingredients as the vaccine given to adults and adolescents. However, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for adults and adolescents cannot be used for children ages 5 through 11 years. If a child turns from 11 to 12 years of age between their first and second doses, the second dose should be the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people 12 years and older. However, if the child receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 for their second dose, they do not need to repeat the dose.
Preparing Children and Teens for Vaccination
The experience of getting a COVID-19 vaccine will be very similar to getting routine vaccines. Use these tips to support your child before, during, and after routine vaccinations when they get a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Talk to your child before vaccination about what to expect.
- It is not recommended you give pain relievers before vaccination to try to prevent side effects.
- Tell the doctor or nurse about any allergies your child may have.
- To prevent fainting and injuries related to fainting, your child should be seated or lying down during vaccination for 15 minutes after the vaccine is given.
- After your child’s COVID-19 vaccination, you will be asked to stay for 15–30 minutes so your child can be observed in case they have a severe allergic reaction and need immediate treatment.
The chart below shows the vaccines available for children and teens:
Cosmo Insurance Agency is a full-service independent insurance agency based in Hackensack (Bergen County) and Lakewood (Ocean County), New Jersey that offers an all-encompassing range of insurance options for both individuals and businesses. Cosmo keeps its promise to assure an efficient and creative approach to the services we offer. Each of our clients experience a personalized and long-term relationship with us. Our New Jersey based team of health brokers guides our clients in helping them choose the most cost-effective options. By incorporating our knowledge of the insurance guidelines for healthcare, employee benefits, life insurance, self-insurance, dental, disability, and long term care insurance, we keep our clients up-to-date with affordable plans that cover all their specific insurance needs.