Currently, Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine is available for youth ages 5 and older. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines are not yet approved for children under age 18.
Vaccination for children and teens is important because they can get infected with, be hospitalized and suffer long-term symptoms from COVID-19.
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
Children ages 5 – 11 receive an age-appropriate dose of the vaccine:
- 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