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COVID Vaccine Checklist for Kids Age 5-11


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COVID-19 virus is still spreading. That's why getting the vaccine is the best thing to do for your child's health. It also helps make sure that your kids can keep attending school and other activities that are so important for their physical and mental health.

At long last, it's the kids' turn. It's time for eligible children to get the COVID vaccine, get protected and protect the health of their families and friends.

Finally, it's the kids' turn

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to kids 5 years old and up. The COVID shot for children 5 years to 11 years old is a lower dose than the dose recommended for people 12 years and older. The only COVID-19 vaccine presently available for children older than 5 years in the U.S. is the Pfizer BioNTech mRNA vaccine.

Here's a checklist as you prepare for your child's COVID-19 vaccination:

  • Call your child's pediatrician or primary care doctor and tell them you're planning to have your child vaccinated. Ask them questions about any concerns you may have.

  • Schedule your child's COVID-19 vaccine appointment at your pediatrician's office, vaccination clinic, pharmacy, community vaccination site, church or school. Some sites may even have walk-in hours.

  • Your child can also receive routine shots at the same appointment for the COVID-19 shot. This includes getting an annual influenza shot. Ask if your child is caught up on all routine immunizations.

  • Talk with your child before the appointment. Many parents may have concerns about how their child might act when they need a shot. But there are simple ways to help make it a positive, calm experience.

  • After your child receives their first vaccine, schedule the second dose. Make sure that your pediatrician's office has a copy of the card in your child's medical record. Your child's school or college health office also may need a copy of the card.

  • If your child is 5 years old or older and has a medical condition or takes medicine that weakens the immune system, a third dose may be recommended. The third dose is given at least 28 days after the second dose of the vaccine.

  • Keep the paper vaccination card you will receive! Don't laminate the vaccination card, in case more information needs to be added. Take a photo of it or copy it and keep everything in a safe place. And to avoid identity theft risk, don't share a photo of the card on social media.

COVID-19 vaccine safety text program

Parents and guardians: Sign your child up for COVID-19 vaccination safety checks with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) v-safe program at V-safe sends text messages with links to web surveys, allowing you to share how your child is feeling after vaccination. If you report seeking medical care during a health check-in, the CDC will follow up by phone.


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all eligible children and adults 5 years and older should get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can. Your child is considered up to date if they have received all recommended doses for their age. Encourage your child to keep doing their part to protect others by wearing a face mask and following other steps to keep people with a high risk of infection safe. Then they can get back to activities they enjoy like sports, choir, plays and parties with some added confidence that they are protected!

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Adapted from the article COVID Vaccine Checklist for Kids Age 5-11 (2/4/2022).

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

In all aspects of its publishing program (writing, review, and production), the AAP is committed to promoting principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The information contained in this publication should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.

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