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COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11

Children ages 5 to 11 who live or go to school in Massachusetts are now eligible to get the Pfizer vaccine. The vaccine is safe, free and effective. You don't need identification or insurance to get it.

Help protect your whole family by getting yourself and your children ages 5-11 vaccinated against COVID-19. 

For information on vaccinating people ages 12-17, please visit: mass.gov/COVIDvaccineyouth

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Vaccines for children ages 5-11 are now authorized

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was authorized by the CDC for use in children ages 5-11 on November 2. Contact your child’s health care provider or search VaxFinder.mass.gov for vaccination appointments. 

Multiple other vaccine manufacturers are currently developing COVID-19 vaccines for children under 12 years old.

COVID-19 vaccine safety for children

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, which includes studies in adolescents.

Your child can’t get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine, including the Pfizer vaccine.

This fact sheet tells you more about the Pfizer vaccine. Each COVID-19 vaccine has its own fact sheet that contains information to help you understand the risks and benefits of receiving that specific vaccine.

Where and how to get the vaccine

Consent for children ages 5-11

Currently, children ages 5-11 can only get the Pfizer vaccine.

A legally authorized representative (usually a parent or guardian) must give permission (also called consent) for vaccination of a child 5-11 years of age. This can be done by completing a written consent form that the minor (the person under the age of 18) can bring to their vaccination appointment. 

Please contact the vaccination location for more information on written consent, or download a copy of the consent form below.

Providers are not required to use this form. Providers may continue to follow their regular practice for obtaining consent, including verbal consent, provided all the conditions of the EUA are met (such as the consenting parent/guardian is provided the fact sheet on the vaccine).

How can I prepare for my child's vaccination appointment?

  • Download and complete a consent form to present at your child’s appointment
  • Get tips for how to support your child before, during, and after the visit
  • Talk to your child before the visit about what to expect
  • Tell the doctor or nurse about any allergies your child may have
  • Comfort your child during the appointment
  • 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.

Will my pediatrician have the vaccine?

We recommend that you call your pediatrician’s office to confirm they have vaccines available and to make an appointment.

Does my child need identification or insurance to get the vaccine?

No. Your child can get a vaccine even if they do not have insurance or a Social Security number. For more information, visit How to prepare for your COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

Do I have to pay for the vaccine?

The vaccine is free. Your child does not need health insurance to get one, and you won’t be asked for payment information. If you do have health insurance, you should bring your insurance card to your appointment.

Where can I get a vaccine for children under 12 years old?

The vaccine is available for children at vaccination locations across the Commonwealth.

Check with your child's health care provider or use VaxFinder.mass.gov to find available locations or appointments.

To learn more about disability-friendly vaccination events across the Commonwealth, check out VaxAbilities.com. Disability-friendly vaccination clinics will have appointments with extra time and staff to provide skilled support to people with disabilities and/or sensory support needs.

Are there specific clinics just for younger kids?

Yes. Several locations such as the Discovery Museum in Acton, Boston’s Museum of Science, Springfield Museum, EcoTarium Museum, and other locations will be offering vaccinations for children ages 5-11.

Eligibility

What age group is eligible to receive the vaccine?

Children who live or study in Massachusetts and are ages 5-11 are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine as of November 2, 2021. Children under the age of 5 are not eligible to be vaccinated yet.

My child goes to school in MA but is not a permanent resident. Can they get the vaccine?

Yes. The Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccination program is intended for individuals who live, work, or study in the Commonwealth. Your child may also get their second dose in Massachusetts if they received the first dose in another state. Please be sure to keep the vaccination card you were given at the time of their first dose. 

You can receive a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record by contacting your primary care provider or by reaching out to the location where you were vaccinated. Learn how to contact each location.

Safety and Effectiveness

The COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 is safe and effective. 

Since the vaccines were approved, hundreds of millions of people of different races and ethnicities worldwide have been vaccinated, and most have only experienced mild side effects.

The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children ages 5 through 11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study.

How many doses will be needed for children under 12 years old?

The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age is administered in 2 doses 3 weeks apart. It is a lower dose (10 micrograms) than vaccines used for individuals 12 years of age and older (30 micrograms). 

Can my child get the flu shot and the COVID vaccination at the same time?

Yes, your child may get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit

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