Children ages 5 to 11 can now receive a safe and effective COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine

Children ages 5 to 11 can now receive a safe and effective COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.

With FDA authorization, this week the CDC recommended that children 5 to 11 get a lower dose Pfizer vaccine. Clinical trials found the vaccine is safe and effective. There were no safety concerns or serious side effects noted in the clinical trials. 

Parents should get their children vaccinated to protect them from serious illness and help keep them healthy.

Children are vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus just like everyone else. Cases of COVID-19 among children in the U.S. rose approximately 240% during the most recent surge, demonstrating a need to protect children from the disease. The vaccine provides a safe, tested way to help keep them healthy and get kids back to safely being with their family and friends—especially during the upcoming holidays.

  • We are making the vaccine widely available across the state. Children ages 5 to 11 can get vaccinated at any location that has the smaller dose of Pfizer available, including at their pediatrician or doctor’s office, hospitals, local pharmacies and grocery stores—this is unlike other childhood vaccines and we hope makes it even easier for parents to find a convenient location. There are hundreds of locations in North Carolina that will carry Pfizer for 5 to 11-year-olds and plenty of vaccine available. We are also setting up family vaccination sites across the state so that every child has a spot to take their shot.
  • Vaccination is free. COVID-19 vaccines are always free, regardless of insurance and immigration status. The only thing required is parental consent.
  • Temporary and minimal side effects. Children may experience a sore arm and feeling tired or achy for a day or two. The risks of serious side effects from the vaccine are far less than the risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

Join us on Tuesday, 11/9 at 6:30pm for a Fireside Chat with Secretary Cohen, Dr. Rasheeda Monroe and moderated by Molly Grantham, Anchor, Author, Speaker and Mom. Live streamed on DHHS Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels or dial (855) 756-7520 ext. 76807#.

Let’s keep our children safe and healthy.

Use your voice to help your community, school, church or company understand the benefits of kids getting a COVID-19 vaccine. For more information about how vaccines for children work and where to find a vaccination appointment nearby, visit or call the North Carolina Vaccine Help Center at 888-675-4567.

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