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 5 and up.

Dunkin’ Donuts Park – Indoor Vaccine Clinic in Hartford

Join Connecticut Children’s and community partners on Sunday, December 5, from 10am to 4pm for an indoor vaccine clinic.

  • Dunkin’ Donuts Park is located at 1214 Main Street, Hartford, CT. Enter through the main gates on Main Street.
  • Free parking is available across the street at Dunkin’ Stadium Parking Lot, 1215 Main Street.
  • For those who attended the first clinic on November 14th you will automatically have an appointment for the same time on December 5th. You will receive a text and email reminder from the city of Hartford.
  • We will also offer the first dose at this event. Call 860.757.4830 for information and scheduling. Appointments are strongly encouraged for 5-11 years old. Walk-in welcome based on availability.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

Yes, that’s fine. The COVID-19 vaccine can be given at the same time as other routine vaccinations, including the flu shot.

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.

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.

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.

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 11

Is 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.

FAQs: The COVID-19 Vaccine for Ages 12 to 15

When Pfizer’s vaccine was approved for younger adolescents, parents shared their questions. Connecticut Children’s Physician-in-Chief Juan Salazar, MD, MPH, shares answers.


 
 

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.

How to Prepare Your Child for the COVID-19 Vaccine

Younger 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.


 
 

16 Comfort Items to Bring to Your Child's Appointment

Whether for a COVID-19 vaccine or any other doctor’s visit, choose a few items from home to help keep your child calm.

What to Do About Your Child’s Fear of Needles

Read this before your child’s COVID-19 vaccine to help them (and you) prepare for and stay calm during their appointment.

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