COVID-19 Vaccines for Children
COVID-19 vaccines are available for individuals age 6 months and older. This page contains resources to help community organizations, extracurricular activities, and schools make the vaccines and vaccine information available to children and families in the community.
About the Pediatric Vaccine
The pediatric vaccine is safe, and it is highly effective at protecting children against COVID-19-related illness, hospitalization, and death. Vaccinating children against COVID-19 is the best way to keep families and communities healthy and schools safe. The CDC recommendation comes after thorough evaluations by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
COVID-19 Vaccine Dosage Is Based on Age on the Day of Vaccination, Not on Size or Weight
All Pennsylvanians ages 6 months and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Those aged 6 months to 18 years require a parental consent. Children get a smaller dose of COVID-19 vaccine than teens and adults that is the right amount for their age group.
CDC recommends that people ages 5 years and older receive one updated (bivalent) booster if it has been at least 2 months since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose, whether that was:
- Their final primary series dose, or
- An original (monovalent) booster
People who have gotten more than one original (monovalent) booster are also recommended to get an updated (bivalent) booster. Use this tool to determine when or if you (or your child) can get one or more COVID-19 boosters.
We encourage parents to speak with their child(ren)'s primary care provider to address eligibility, questions, and/or concerns regarding getting their child vaccinated. Learn more about the pediatric vaccines from the CDC.
Providing Vaccine Education for Your Community
The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Department of Community & Economic Development have created a number of resources to help you share accurate vaccine information with children and families regarding the COVID-19 vaccines.
Hosting a Vaccine Clinic for Your Community
We highly encourage trusted community organizations, extracurricular activities, or school districts to consider working with a local health provider to host a vaccine clinic, whether at your organization or at a nearby location. The clinics could be for children, adults, or both. The vaccine would be
completely optional, and children would need their parents' consent.
Four simple steps to host a COVID-19 clinic that is
completely voluntary to participants:
Reach out to a local health provider and start the conversation. Ask if they will partner with you to host a 1-day clinic at your community organization, extracurricular activity, school, or another convenient location nearby. It can be any local doctor's office, hospital, pharmacy, or health provider enrolled as a COVID-19 vaccine provider
Choose a date and time. The sooner the clinic, the more families will benefit. Plan to schedule a second clinic for the second dose of the vaccine (for Pfizer, 3 weeks after the first clinic).
Provide parent consent forms and collect interest. The provider can provide templates.
Let the health provider take care of the rest! There is no need for your organization to coordinate the actual administrations, storage of the vaccine, or other medical procedures.
For help finding a COVID-19 vaccine provider near your organization, see
vaccines.gov. If you need assistance finding and contacting a health provider willing to support your organization, you can fill out
this form and the Department of Health will help make an introduction.
The CDC also provides
additional planning resources for hosting vaccine clinics.
Planning for Vaccine Absences
Schools should consider marking a student with an excused absence from class for both the vaccination and any recovery of side effects after the vaccination. A school-organized vaccine clinic may help reduce the number of individual absences from class.
For any further questions, you can contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at