COVID-19 vaccination is the safest and most effective way to prevent complications of COVID-19 infection such as hospitalization, MIS-C, long-COVID and death. While most children who become infected with COVID-19 recover, and many of those infections are mild, not all are so lucky. And we are still learning about the long-term consequences of COVID-19 infections.
COVID-19 vaccines are exceedingly safe. Like every other vaccine, they do not provide 100% immunity, and with increasingly contagious variants we do see more breakthrough infections. Despite this, they remain highly effective at preventing complications. Our support of COVID vaccination is not just empty words; every single one of us with children, as well as every pediatrician we know, have vaccinated their infants, children and teens as soon as they were eligible.
Call now to make an appointment for your child to be vaccinated.
We Recommend Getting the Updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 Vaccine
Children 6 months - 4 years old should have one dose of the 2023-2024.
COVID vaccine, depending on prior vaccination status. Those who have previously not received any COVID-19 vaccines need 2 doses of Moderna or 3 doses of Pfizer vaccines.
Children 5 - 11 years old should have one dose of the 2023-2024 COVID vaccine, at least 8 weeks after the last dose.
Everyone 12 and older should have one dose of the 2023-2024 COVID vaccine, at least 8 weeks after the last dose.
Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine in Our Office
Vaccines are one way to prevent COVID-19, but there are other things you can do too. Layering protections is an important strategy in lowering risk and minimizing COVID-19 exposures and infections.
- Improving air quality is vital, as the SARS-CoV-2 virus is airborne, meaning it can remain floating in the air for hours. Opening windows, running fans, and HEPA filters (or homemade Corsi-Rosenthal boxes) can reducing transmission of the virus.
- Ventilation and filtration in schools has been shown to reduce COVID-19 transmission and absenteeism. Talk to your child’s school!
- Masks remain a very effective layer of protection in enclosed or crowded spaces, especially when COVID-19 cases are high.
- Getting ready for a big trip, competition, performance, or school event and don’t want to miss it? Take extra precautions, and mask in the two weeks leading up to the event!
- Children and teens who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 infection may be able to receive antiviral medications.
- Paxlovid is recommended for those 12 years or older with certain medical condition that places them at risk for developing severe disease. Call us to determine if your child is eligible. Paxlovid should be started within the first 5 days of becoming sick.
- Remdesivir is another antiviral that is approved down to 28 days of age. However, it if given by IV infusion, once daily over 3 days.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
The CDC recommends getting the dose that is appropriate for the age the child is on the they are vaccinated, but there are dosing options for those turning 5 between doses.
Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Vaccines from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Vaccine Education Center.
COVID-19 Resources are available in multiple languages from Boost Oregon.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a number of articles and FAQs on their Healthy Children website.
How COVID Vaccines Work, a video for children from Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
How COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines Work, from the Vaccine Makers Project, shows how your body uses the mRNA vaccine with beautifully done graphics. They have many other videos covering everything from COVID-19 viral vector vaccines to how antibodies work.
A pediatric cardiologist talks about Myocarditis and COVID-19.