On June 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took the final steps to authorize Moderna’s vaccine for children ages 6 months through 5 years old and Pfizer’s vaccine for children ages 6 months through 4 years old.
Read DPH’s press release about vaccines for children under six years of age and see below for more information.
Currently, Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine is available for youth ages 6 months and older. Moderna is available for ages 6 months through age 5, and age 18 and older. While the FDA authorized their application for vaccines for ages 6 through 17, the CDC must still sign off; they will meet this week to discuss. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines are not yet approved for children under age 18.
Vaccines for Infants and Children ages 6 months to 5 years
DPH recommends parents contact their child’s pediatrician or family doctor/health care provider to find out if they are administering COVID-19 vaccines to infants and children ages 6 months through 5 years. View the list of providers below who have ordered the first shipments of the vaccine which arrived earlier this week or will arrive soon.
While some providers are already administering vaccines, others may not be ready. Be sure to contact the facility directly for any timing and scheduling requirements. Unless otherwise indicated below, call ahead to your provider or the listed facility to learn more about their timing for vaccinating patients and any scheduling requirements!
More providers are expected to order and offer the vaccines in the coming days and weeks. Check back on this page frequently. While most providers are only vaccinating patients, we have included a list of those that have agreed to vaccinate non-patients.
Additionally, many pharmacies will offer vaccines for infants and children, though not all will vaccinate those under age 3. Visit vaccines.gov to find pharmacies offering these pediatric vaccines (pharmacies will be able to list the lowest age that they will vaccinate).
Facilities Vaccinating Patients and Non-Patients 6 Months through 5 Years
Adams Public Health Clinic
Sussex County (Georgetown)
Hudson Public Health Clinic
New Castle County (Newark)
Milford Public Health Clinic
Porter Public Health Clinic
New Castle County (Wilmington)
Pyle Public Health Clinic
Sussex County (Laurel)
Shipley Public Health Clinic
Sussex County (Seaford)
Williams Public Health Clinic
Kent County (Dover)
Kent County: Smyrna location only
New Castle County
Walk-ins accepted Thursdays & Fridays
Westside Family Healthcare
Pfizer (subject to change)
4th St. Wilmington, NE Wilmington, Newark, Bear, Dover
Vaccine Clinic Info.: westsidehealth.org
Facilities Vaccinating ONLY Patients 6 Months through 5 Years
Contact Provider office directly for timing and scheduling details.
Christiana Care Primary Care
Foulk Road Location
Delaware Modern Pediatrics
Wilmington & Townsend
Just Kids Pediatrics
La Red Health Center
Sussex County (Georgetown)
Life Health Center Bancroft
Pediatric & Adolescent Center
Sussex County (Milton)
Newark Pediatrics PA
Samto Medical Services
Stoney Batter Family Medicine
Wilmington Vaccines Corporation
Wilmington Primary Care Pediatrics
Nemours Pediatric Offices
Nemours offices will notify patients when they are ready to offer the vaccine, some mass clinics will also be offered.
at the Hospital
at Saint Francis
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is vaccination important for infants and children 6 months to 5 years?
There are many reasons, one of which includes preventing serious illness. For example, during the Omicron surge (Winter 2021-22), children under 5 were hospitalized with the virus at five times the rate they were during the Delta surge (Fall 2021), a study from the CDC recently found. Preventing serious illness and long-term side effects from new infection should be factors you consider when deciding whether to vaccinate your child. This holds true even if your child was previously infected with COVID-19.
Just like adults, children can become severely ill from COVID-19, be hospitalized, and even die. Children can experience short-and-long-term health complications that can affect their mental and physical health and quality of life. There is no way to predict if a child will develop a severe or mild case of COVID-19. Even healthy children without underlying conditions can get severe COVID-19 or suffer from long-term health complications.
Please discuss your questions and concerns about this important decision with your pediatrician and/or family doctor/health care provider.
What are the differences between Moderna & Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines for Infants & Children?
Thousands of children were part of robust clinical trials to evaluate the safety of COVID-19 vaccines and how well they worked. There are differences in the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for infants and children. See the chart below (Figure 1) for the breakdown of these differences.
|Age||6 months to under 6 years old||6 months to under 5 years old|
|Dose||2 doses (25 micrograms, 1/4 adult dosage),
4 weeks apart
|3 doses (3 micrograms, 1/10 adult dosage),
1st two doses 3 weeks apart;
3rd dose, two months after 2nd dose
|Efficacy*||Estimated 51% in ages 6 months to 2 years;
Estimated 37% in ages 3 years to 5 years after the second dose
|Estimated 80% after the third dose|
|Clinical Trial Size||6,300 infants and children||4,500 infants and children|
|Side effects were generally mild, and no serious side effects were identified. The most commonly reported side effects across all ages included pain, redness and swelling at the injection site; fever; and underarm swelling/tenderness at the injection site.||Side effects were generally mild, and no serious side effects were identified. The most commonly reported side effects included irritability, decreased appetite, fever, headache, chills and pain, tenderness, redness and swelling at the injection site.|
*Efficacy of preventing symptomatic illness for these two vaccines is difficult to compare as these trials were the first conducted during the Omicron variant surge, when even vaccine effectiveness among adults was reduced. Protection against severe illness or disease is projected to be higher.
What You Need to Know
- Children and teens need two doses at least 3 weeks (21 days apart)
- Children and teens with weakened immune systems need 3 doses (plus a booster for those 12+)
- The FDA and CDC have indicated COVID-19 vaccines are safe for children and teens
- Serious side effects are rare
- No long-term side effects have been identified
- There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause fertility problems
- The risk of developing heart complications (myocarditis, pericarditis) is higher after having COVID-19 than after getting the vaccine
Where Can I Get My Child Vaccinated?
Particularly with younger children, DPH recommends parents contact their child’s pediatrician or family doctor/health care provider for vaccination. However, if the provider is not offering vaccination, or it’s simply more convenient families can check our vaccine locator.
Visit de.gov/getmyvaccine for a location near you.
Children Ages 5 – 11
- Pediatric dose (10 mcg) is 1/3 the adult dose (30 mcg)
- Reducing potential side effects was one reason the dosage was lowered for those 5-11.
- Addition of tri-sucrose, an inactive ingredient used in other vaccines making it easier to dilute and stabilize in a refrigerator
- Trial Data showed the vaccine was found to be more than 90% protective against developing symptomatic COVID-19 (including among children with asthma and obesity)
Children ages 12 – 17
- Teens 12 and older receive the same dose of Pfizer as adults do
- Teens 12 and older who are relatively healthy can wait up to 8 weeks for their second dose of the vaccine
- Teens ages 12 to 17 years old should receive a booster of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 5 months after getting their first two doses.
- Fact sheets/Social Media/Flyers and more
- Vaccine PowerPoint for Schools
- Nemours COVID-19 Vaccine information for parents
- Delaware Parent/Teen/Child/Physician videos
Get More COVID Data
For more data on Delaware COVID cases, testing and outcomes, including demographic breakdowns, go to My Healthy Community