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Vaccines for Children

As of June 18, 2022, the CDC now recommends that all children age 6 months old to age 11 be vaccinated with either the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 pediatric vaccine or Moderna pediatric vaccine. 

Children Ages 6 Months to 5 Years 

  • For children under 5, the Pfizer pediatric vaccine is administered in a three-dose primary series. The first and second doses are separated by 3-8 weeks and the second and third doses are separated by at least eight weeks.
  • The Moderna pediatric vaccine is administered in a two-dose primary series, given 4-8 weeks apart.

Children Ages 5-11

  • For children ages 5 to 11, the Pfizer pediatric vaccine is administered in two doses, given 3-8 weeks apart
  • The Moderna pediatric vaccine is administered in two doses for five year olds only. Children and teens ages 6-17 aren’t authorized to get a Moderna vaccine at this time.
  • The CDC recommends that children ages 5-11 years get the original (monovalent) booster. Children 12 years and older get one updated Pfizer. Children 6 years and older get one updated Moderna (bivalent) booster. This includes people who have received all primary series doses and people who have previously received one or more original (monovalent) boosters.

To stay up-to-date on COVID-19 news, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.htmlCDC Website

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As of May 19, 2022, the CDC recommends that children ages 5-11 receive one booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 pediatric vaccine, 5 months after completing their primary series. Children ages 5 through 11 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should receive a booster 3 months after completing their primary series.


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