COVID-19 Vaccine Update As the state’s only health system 100% dedicated to kids, Connecticut Children’s is proud to lead COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 6 months and up. Connecticut Children’s Primary Care Offering Vaccine Connecticut Children’s is pleased to offer the COVID-19 Moderna vaccination to children 6 months to 5 years at our Primary Care locations. For all children 6 months to 5 years, we will be offering the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine by appointment only at our Primary Care location at 282 Washington Street in Hartford every Saturday in August and September. We also have the Pfizer vaccine for children 5-15 years old. We will also offer additional vaccine clinics at other Connecticut Children’s Primary Care locations. To schedule an appointment, please call 860.837.7250. Vaccine Clinics Across the State As part of our Care Alliance, Connecticut Children’s is partnering with Hartford HealthCare to give your family convenient access to vaccine clinics across the state. Schedule an appointment for the Hartford HealthCare community vaccine clinics across Connecticut. View all locations and hours. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Connecticut Children’s Vaccine Clinic in Hartford – By MyChart Invitation Only Connecticut Children’s has reached out to current patients through MyChart to offer access to our vaccine clinic at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, 282 Washington St., Hartford. Due to limited availability, appointments are by MyChart invitation to current patients only. If you cannot find an appointment on your desired day or time, check out our 13 statewide Care Alliance Vaccine Clinics for a convenient alternative. Please note: Patients who are under 18 need their legal guardian – also known as the “proxy” – to schedule their vaccine appointment at Connecticut Children’s. If that’s you, you must log into your proxy MyChart account, where you should see a link to schedule for your child. Don’t have MyChart? Sign up now! FAQs: The COVID-19 Vaccine and Kids Now, all kids ages 5 and up are eligible for the vaccine. These are general answers to common questions. For questions about your child’s individual health history, contact your child’s pediatrician. If most kids don’t get very sick from COVID-19, why do they need a vaccine?While serious illness occurs less in kids than adults, it still happens. Throughout the pandemic, thousands of children in the U.S. have been hospitalized with COVID-19. And we’re still studying the long-term effects of this illness. Plus, the vaccine helps prevent kids from spreading COVID-19 to loved ones and other people in the community. It helps them fully participate in school, since quarantine requirements are often different for students who are vaccinated. It’s a safer way for your family to return to favorite activities. How do we know the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for young kids?Safety experts from the CDC and FDA have carefully reviewed months of clinical trial data for ages 5 to 11, and found that the vaccine is safe and effective for this age group. Millions of doses have already been given to adolescents and adults in the U.S. Which COVID-19 vaccine will young kids get?All children ages 5 to 17 receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for these ages. At all ages, this vaccine is given in two shots, about three weeks apart. Ages 5 to 11 receive a low dosage: just 10 micrograms per shot, a third of the dosage for adolescents and adults. How does the vaccine work?The vaccine uses mRNA technology, which has been studied for more than a decade. There is no live virus involved – the mRNA molecule is simply a messenger that tells the body how to create an immune response. Then it’s quickly broken down by the body and disappears. Will my child have side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?They might. Just like adults, it’s common for some kids to have a fever, be tired and achy, and feel sore where they got their shot. These symptoms go away in about a day. Similar side effects are common with lots of routine vaccinations, including the flu shot. Can I give my child acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) for the above side effects?If your child develops fever or pain after their vaccine, it’s fine to give them an appropriate dosage of children’s pain reliever. Just don’t do it as a precaution before their vaccine. (That could interfere with their immune response, and make the vaccine less effective.) Should I be worried about myocarditis as a side effect of the vaccine?COVID-19 infection is actually much more likely to cause myocarditis than the vaccine. Cases linked to the vaccine have been rare and mostly mild, and almost all have gone away on their own. In other words, one way to protect your child from myocarditis is getting their COVID-19 vaccine. Does my child really need a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?Yes. The clinical studies show that ages 5 and up need both doses to get the strongest protection from the vaccine. That’s not only important against existing variants, like Delta, but to protect your child from future variants, which may be even more contagious. If my child already had COVID-19, should they still get the vaccine?Yes. Even though they’ll have some level of natural immunity, the vaccine provides additional protection. It’s possible to get COVID-19 more than once, so the vaccine helps prevent another infection. Is it OK if my child recently got their flu shot, or will be getting one soon?Yes, that’s fine. The COVID-19 vaccine can be given at the same time as other routine vaccinations, including the flu shot. Is there any reason my child should NOT get the vaccine – for example, if they have a certain underlying health issue?Your child’s pediatrician knows your child’s health history best, so reach out to them with specific concerns. But in general, almost every eligible child should get the vaccine. One exception is kids who have had a severe allergic reaction to a similar vaccine, but these cases are usually very rare. My child is fully vaccinated. Do they need a COVID-19 booster shot?Right now, your child can only get a COVID-19 booster if they’re at least 12 years old. It also depends on when they got their shot. Connecticut Children’s physician-in-chief shares everything you need to know. I still have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Where can I find more information?For more FAQs, check out the links on this page. For specific questions about your child, contact your child’s pediatrician. They’re your best resource for your child’s unique health history. Where can I bring my child for their COVID-19 vaccine?Explore the links above for Connecticut Children’s vaccine clinics, as well as links to other clinics throughout the state. The vaccine will be widely available in the community, and we encourage you to go wherever is most convenient. Where can I find more resources for my family?Sign up here for Connecticut Children’s Growing Healthy newsletter, which includes tips, advice and more from pediatric experts. Visit connecticutchildrens.org/blog for lots more resource kits and articles. Resources to Support Your Family FAQs: The COVID-19 Vaccine for Ages 5 to 11Is it safe? Are there side effects? And do kids really need it? Connecticut Children’s infectious disease expert John R. Schreiber, MD, MPH, answers common questions. Learn More FAQs: The COVID-19 Vaccine for Ages 12 to 15When Pfizer’s vaccine was approved for younger adolescents, parents shared their questions. Connecticut Children’s Physician-in-Chief Juan Salazar, MD, MPH, shares answers. Learn More Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe for Your Family?Consider this your guide to all three COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. We share key facts for every member of the family, from little kids through adults. Learn More How to Prepare Your Child for the COVID-19 VaccineYounger children might be a little more nervous about needles or doctor’s visits. So our Child Life specialists prepared some tips to help get your child – and yourself – ready. Learn More 16 Comfort Items to Bring to Your Child's AppointmentWhether for a COVID-19 vaccine or any other doctor’s visit, choose a few items from home to help keep your child calm. Learn More What to Do About Your Child’s Fear of NeedlesRead this before your child’s COVID-19 vaccine to help them (and you) prepare for and stay calm during their appointment. Learn More Additional Resources Check out our Coronavirus Information Center for everything from visitor restrictions to tools to stay safe. Connecticut Children’s experts share more COVID-19 answers and advice on our Growing Healthy blog. Check out the latest posts. Lots of kids and teens need help right now, but don’t know how to ask. Our Mental Health Kit is filled with resources to support them. How to talk to younger kids about the COVID-19 Vaccine – In this CNN article, Connecticut Children’s child life education specialists share their best tips for easing vaccine fears.