Information About Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11

On November 2, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends children ages 5 through 11 to get a low-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

Children would receive a lower dose than the adult vaccine. The pediatric vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech for vaccine for children) is a third of what adults received with the Pfizer vaccine. The lower dose was selected to minimize side effects and achieve a strong immune response. 

An important note: fully vaccinated children who are close contacts to a positive COVID-19 case do not have to be quarantined or excluded from school. They should test 5-7 days after exposure, but can continue to come to school as long as they don't have symptoms.

D34 will notify parents with information about vaccine clinics. To find additional locations near you, visit vaccines.gov or speak to your pediatrician. Here is an article that offers advice in easing anxiety in children when getting flu shots or any type of vaccines. Know that the District is being very deliberate in creating a calm, warm and welcoming environment for children at the clinics. 

Please visit our health & safety protocols page for more details.