COVID-19 vaccine information for children
Should your kids be vaccinated?
Getting a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine can help keep children from getting seriously sick. Consult your health care provider for more guidance and information.
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Side effects may occur, but are generally mild. Our practitioners can provide information on how to handle your child’s potential side effects.
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Getting the COVID-19 vaccine
CVS Pharmacy® follows the most up-to-date federal guidance as it relates to COVID-19 vaccine administration. We offer either the updated Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccines for all doses administered to eligible individuals, depending on location.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends updated COVID-19 vaccination for everyone age 6 months or older to better protect you and your loved ones. Specific recommendations may vary by age, previous vaccination history or whether you are moderately or severely immunocompromised. Please talk to your pharmacist or provider or use the digital scheduler at CVS.com® and the CVS Pharmacy app to help determine what’s best for you.
An eligible individual should receive an age-appropriate vaccination. At this time, there is no preference given for one formulation (Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech) over another. Please talk to your pharmacist or provider, or use the digital scheduler at CVS.com and in the CVS Pharmacy app, to help determine what’s best for you.
As part of the scheduling process on CVS.com, patients are asked to attest that all information provided during appointment setup is truthful and accurate. Some states also require the collection of IDs to verify eligibility. We reserve the right to cancel appointments if it’s determined that information provided for establishing eligibility is not truthful.
The bivalent COVID-19 vaccine and previous authorized COVID-19 formulations are no longer authorized for use. The CDC now recommends that most individuals receive a single dose of the updated FDA (Food and Drug Administration) authorized vaccine, regardless of previous vaccination status.
Scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment
Yes. Appointments may be scheduled at CVS.com or the CVS Pharmacy app to schedule. CVS Pharmacy also accepts walk-ins, seven days a week, including during evening and weekend hours.
Yes. Providers may simultaneously administer COVID-19 and flu vaccines.
Currently, CVS Pharmacy locations offering the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible populations have either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Patients can see which CVS Pharmacy location has which vaccine and appointment availability on CVS.com before scheduling.
Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine
CVS.com and the CVS Pharmacy app will be updated to reflect active vaccinating CVS Pharmacy locations.
Yes. Businesses, senior-living facilities, schools, municipalities and other groups may schedule an on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinic staffed by certified CVS Pharmacy immunizers to help make vaccines convenient and accessible to employees, staff, residents and students. On-site COVID-19 vaccination clinics are available in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. Learn about or schedule a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
COVID-19 vaccine safety
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. To date, hundreds of millions of people have safely received a COVID-19 vaccine under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.
According to the CDC, you may have some side effects following administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. Common side effects may include pain and/or tenderness of the arm where you got the shot, headache, fever, chills and/or fatigue.
CVS Health immunizers include trained pharmacists, pharmacy interns and pharmacy technicians, as well as other qualified health care professionals, depending on state-specific regulations. All CVS Health immunizers are certified according to company requirements, are trained in the administration of immunizations, and hold an active CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification.
Per CDC guidance, patients age 5 or older do not have to match the COVID-19 vaccine dose they receive to the brand they received during their primary series or any previous dose(s). For children ages 6 months through 4 years, vaccination with the same COVID-19 vaccine brand is recommended.
COVID-19 vaccine costs
The updated COVID-19 vaccine is available at no cost through most insurance plans.
CVS Pharmacy is participating in the CDC’s Bridge Access Program. This program provides no-cost COVID-19 vaccines to adults without health insurance if CVS Health is in network and to adults whose insurance does not cover all COVID-19 vaccine costs. COVID-19 vaccines are free to insured individuals at CVS if CVS is in their network. No-cost COVID-19 vaccines through this program will be available through December 31, 2024.
While the COVID-19 vaccine shot is available at no cost through most insurance plans, it’s also available for the cash price of $190.99. COVID-19 vaccines are free at CVS to insured individuals if CVS is in their network.
COVID-19 vaccines for children
Pediatric doses of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 through 11 are available at select CVS Pharmacy locations. We recommend parents and guardians check CVS.com or the CVS Pharmacy app to find locations with available appointments near them.
Pediatric doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 18 months through 4 years will be available at most MinuteClinic® locations in the coming weeks.
We’ll offer COVID-19 vaccinations to children ages 18 months through four years at our national network of MinuteClinic locations in the coming weeks. Our MinuteClinic clinicians, comprising board-certified family nurse practitioners, physician associates and nurses, have significant experience providing vaccinations to a younger population and have access to private exam rooms, which helps to make the process easier for kids, parents and guardians.
MinuteClinic does not offer the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 18 months. We’ll offer COVID-19 vaccinations to children ages 18 months through four years at our national network of MinuteClinic locations in the coming weeks. Our MinuteClinic clinicians, comprising board-certified family nurse practitioners, physician associates and clinical support staff, have significant experience providing vaccinations to a younger population and have access to private exam rooms, which helps to make the process easier for kids, parents and guardians.
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*FOR FREE COVID-19 VACCINATION: COVID-19 vaccine is no cost with most insurance plans or government funding through the Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Bridge Program for eligible patients. Available at most CVS Pharmacy® and MinuteClinic® locations when a certified immunizer is on duty. Restrictions apply.