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Parent and child, celebrating their vaccinations

COVID‐19 vaccine available for children ages 5 to 11

Parent and child, celebrating their vaccinations

Our pediatric immunizers will safely administer the Pfizer‐BioNTech vaccine for children age 5 and above! Schedule online today.

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Parent and child, celebrating their vaccinations

Select locations are offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 to 11. Certain immunocompromised children may also be eligible for a third dose of the vaccine. Find select store locations.

Why should children be vaccinated for COVID‐19?

Vaccination will help protect your whole family. Getting the vaccine will help keep your child from getting seriously sick if they do get COVID‐19 and help keep them from spreading COVID‐19 to others.

Read more about child vaccination in the FAQ section
Parent and child, receiving vaccination at CVS Pharmacy

We're here, with the vaccine your children need for COVID‐19

The vaccine has been shown to be about 91% effective in this age group and the CDC has recommended its use. Trials showed the vaccine was safe, well tolerated and produced a robust antibody response.

CVS Health® has administered over 34 million COVID‐19 vaccines to date, and has years of experience safely administering other vaccines, such as those for flu, Tdap, MMR and chickenpox.

If side effects occur, they're often mild and a sign that your body is building protection. Our CVS Pharmacy® team can help with recommendations for how to manage side effects.

Find a select location for the child’s vaccine near you

Vaccination for children ages 5 to 11 is available at select locations administering the Pfizer‐BioNTech vaccine.

Locations near zipcode are listed below:

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Hear what other parents had to say

5 out of 5 Stars

“The pharmacist was patient, answered his questions candidly and was able to establish trust with my child in an amazingly short amount of time.”

– CVS® customer, Texas

4 out of 5 Stars

“With the recent increase of cases, I feel it is important to protect myself and my child by getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The nurse was very friendly and let me know what the side effects would be. I’m glad I chose CVS for my experience.”

– CVS customer, South Carolina

5 out of 5 Stars

“My child has an extreme fear of needles. This pharmacist was so compassionate that this was the most positive experience they've ever had with one. I'm sooooo thankful for that pharmacist!”

– CVS customer, Missouri

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 5+

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COVID-19 vaccines for children 5+ Dr. Stephanie Whyte Senior Medical Director and Pediatrician

Hello, everyone. My name is Dr. Stephanie Whyte. I am a senior clinical solutions medical director for CVS Health. I am a board certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. And I'm here today to answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and particularly for our pediatric patients age five years and older.

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Which vaccine is being offered to kids 5–11?The vaccine that has been authorized by the CDC is the Pfizer-BioNTech under the emergency use authorization for ages five to 11. It's a two-dose series and is given 21 days apart. And in comparison to the vaccine that we now use for ages 12 and above, it's a smaller dose.

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Is the vaccine safe & effective?The vaccine has been studied in more than 3,100 children ages five to 11 and found to have no major side effects. Those studies are ongoing. Clinical trials have shown that the vaccine is safe, well-tolerated, and builds a robust antibody response. The COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children ages five to 11.

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What are the possible post vaccine side effects we can prep our kids for?The most common side effects for kids post-vaccine are a sore arm, fatigue and headache. They are usually mild, and they'll resolve in a day or two. Side effects are a result of your body building or mounting a response to the vaccine.

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Is myocarditis or pericarditis a risk?

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Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle. Pericarditis is an inflammation of the outer lining of the heart. The CDC has and continues to monitor all cases of myocarditis and pericarditis. The known and potential benefits of a vaccine outweigh the known and potential risks of not receiving the vaccine, including myocarditis and pericarditis. If you have any concerns, you're encouraged to have a conversation with your pediatrician or primary care provider.

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I’ve heard that children are less likely to get severe COVID-19 than vaccinated adults. Why would they need this?Children are less likely to get COVID-19 than vaccinated adults, but here are the facts. Children get infected by COVID-19. Children get sick from COVID-19. And children can spread COVID-19.

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Source: aappublications.org

And in particular, for the five to 11 age group, there have been 1.9 million cases of COVID-19 to date. There have been 8,300 hospitalizations in the United States. One-third of those resulted in an ICU stay. And the hospitalization rate is three times higher for children of color than otherwise. So, the importance of vaccination for this population is that, one, we decrease the risk of them getting the infection, they're less likely to be hospitalized, and less likely to spread the disease.

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What would you tell concerned parents?So, as a mom, as a pediatrician, as a public health professional, I cannot stress the importance of social distancing, masking, and getting vaccinated. The spread of COVID-19 will only be stemmed if we do these things and play our part.

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Convenient online scheduling available

Helpful tips to prepare for your child's vaccination

  • An adult must accompany children ages 5 to 15 to their vaccination appointment.
  • Children should wear clothing that allows access to their arms (i.e., short sleeves).
  • For their safety, children will need to remain in the pharmacy area for 15 minutes for observation.
  • Immunizers will be available to answer any questions you may have before, during and after your child‘s immunization.
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COVID‐19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

We anticipate pediatric doses of the Pfizer‐BioNTech COVID‐19 vaccine will be available in select CVS Pharmacy locations starting on Sunday, November 7, upon receipt and confirmation of vaccine supply. We recommend parents and guardians check CVS.com to find locations near them with available appointments.

On October 29, the FDA expanded the Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer‐BioNTech COVID‐19 vaccine to include children 5 to 11 years of age. The FDA has determined that the Pfizer vaccine has met the appropriate criteria and will be an effective tool in preventing COVID‐19 among this age group. For more specific details, we recommend reaching out to the manufacturer.

Yes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children ages 5 to 11 may receive the seasonal flu vaccine at the same time they are receiving the Pfizer‐BioNtech COVID‐19 vaccine. There is no need to stagger vaccinations. Additionally, if a child has already received a flu shot, they can receive their COVID‐19 vaccine at any time.

According to the CDC, children may have some side effects following the COVID‐19 vaccine, which are normal signs that their body is building protection. Common side effects include pain and swelling on the arm where they got the shot, headache, fever, chills, tiredness, and fatigue throughout the rest of their body. If a child is experiencing side effects, families should consult with their pediatrician.

Families interested in receiving the Pfizer‐BioNTech COVID‐19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years are strongly encouraged to make an appointment at CVS.com or via the CVS App in order to identify the location closest to them with available vaccine.

Vaccines for eligible patients 5 to 11 years of age are available at a select number of CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations based the initial allocation from the Federal Government. Not every location will have the vaccine immediately available upon CDC approval, so parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to visit CVS.com or to use the CVS App to schedule an appointment. The scheduling tool will only display appointments at locations that have the Pfizer‐BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years once the patient's age is provided.

As vaccine allocation increases, additional CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations will be added, and online scheduling tools will be updated regularly to reflect the new stores with available appointment

At select CVS Pharmacy locations, trained pharmacists, pharmacy interns, pharmacy technicians and nurses will be administering the pediatric COVID‐19 vaccine. Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants will administer the vaccine at select MinuteClinic locations as they receive vaccine supply.

A parent or legal guardian must complete the online registration on CVS.com and an adult must accompany children ages 5 to 11 years to the appointment at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic. As with the adult COVID‐19 vaccination, children and their parent or guardian will need to remain in the pharmacy area for at least 15 minutes following vaccination for observation.

Parents and guardians must truthfully attest that their child is between the ages of 5 to 11 years when registering for an appointment on CVS.com. We will not administer the vaccine to patients under five years of age until the vaccine's authorization is expanded to younger patients.

We have selected locations for the administration of the vaccine to children ages five to 11 years, because they have vaccinators who are solely focused on administering vaccines. CVS Vaccinators in these locations have also received additional training on managing pediatric vaccinations to help ensure the best experience for children and their families.

In addition, our in-store experience is focused on reassuring and supporting the child and their parent or guardian throughout the process. This includes a variety of child-friendly elements (e.g., superhero-themed stickers and buttons, prize boxes with pop-it toys, and informational handout with a QR code linking to video content). These elements have been designed to help ease a child’s fear of getting a vaccine, celebrate their bravery in the fight against COVID-19 and help keep them entertained during the post-vaccination observation period.

Yes, parents and guardians must accompany children receiving their vaccine and are often encouraged to hold the child during the administration of the vaccine to help them hold still and stay calm.

Patients will receive a vaccination card after their initial appointment, which will be updated upon receipt of the second dose. Parents and guardians will also receive an email confirmation with full vaccination information for their child, sent to the email address provided when registering for an appointment. SMART cards for the COVID‐19 vaccine for patients in this age group are not yet available.

CVS Pharmacy locations offering the COVID‐19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years were selected based on available supply of the vaccine. We also selected stores that have vaccinators solely focused on administering vaccines. All locations offering the COVID‐19 vaccine for children 5 to 11 years of age will be fully staffed and trained for the new wave of eligibility.

At this time, you may only access your own vaccination records or those of your minor children. Any patient age 18 or older must create their own account on Care.CVS.com to access their vaccination records.

Check your email for the COVID‐19 vaccination record if both the following conditions apply:

  • The minor was vaccinated at CVS Pharmacy®
  • An email address was provided at scheduling/check‐in

A record of the vaccination should have been immediately sent to that address. It would have been sent from Pharmacy@Notification.CVSHealth.com with a subject line of “For Your Records.”

  1. Sign in to CVS.com® or create an account if you do not have one. (You may first have to verify your identity if you have not done so in the past.)
    1. Go to Pharmacy
    2. Pharmacy Settings
    3. Manage Family Members
    4. Add a person
  2. To add your minor, we first need to locate their pharmacy records by using their patient information or a prescription number.

Quick tip: The prescription (Rx) number can be found on any prescription bottle, as well as on the vaccination confirmation email referenced in the previous question (“How do I view my minor child’s vaccination records?”) with the subject line “For your records.”

  • Once the pharmacy records are found, you will be asked to confirm that you are the parent or legal guardian.
  • Once you confirm: Success! Your minor child’s Rx records are now available for viewing at CVS.com®