COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Children ages 5-11

Broadlawns Medical Center is now scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for our established pediatric patients ages 5-11 at our Main Campus Pediatric, Primary Care, and Family Health Center clinics as supply allows.

Please call one of our Broadlawns Clinics to schedule an appointment:

Patients may also go to www.immunizepolk.com to find other vaccination sites outside of Broadlawns Medical Center.

Learn about COVID-19 vaccines for children

The COVID-19 vaccines have gone through the same testing and analysis that is used for all vaccines to make sure they’re safe and effective for children 5 and older. They're being made available based on guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). 

The Pfizer-BioNTech (Comiranty) vaccine is fully approved for standard use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for individuals 16 and older, and authorized for emergency use for those aged 5-15.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can children get vaccinated against COVID-19? 

Yes. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use for children ages 5 and older. This is the only COVID-19 vaccine available to children at this time.  

Are children recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine? 

Yes. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children be vaccinated against COVID-19 when they are eligible (currently ages 5 and older) to help protect themselves from severe illness and as an important step in ending the pandemic. Children can get COVID-19 just like adults. While oftentimes children with COVID-19 may not end up getting as sick as adults with COVID-19 might, they are still at risk for severe illness and can spread the virus to other children, as well as adults who may experience severe illness.  

If you have questions or concerns about vaccinating your child, please talk with your pediatrician or primary care provider.   

Why do children need to be vaccinated against COVID-19? 

Children can get COVID-19 just like adults. While oftentimes children with COVID-19 may not end up as getting sick as adults with COVID-19 might, they are still at risk for severe illness and can spread the virus to other children, as well as adults who may experience severe illness. Vaccinating children is safe and effective for your child and your family and is an important step to returning to normal things like in-person learning, sports, and activities.  

Will the dosage of the vaccine given to children be the same as adults? 

The vaccine dosage for children ages 5 to 11 is one-third the dosage that an adult receives. The vaccine dosage for 12- to 17-year-old children is the same as the adult dose.  

What side effects from the vaccine can I expect for my child? 

Children receiving the vaccine may experience the same side effects as an adult would. Common side effects include a sore arm, fatigue, headache, fever, or chills lasting up to around 48 hours after vaccination. These side effects are normal and show that the body is mounting a response to the vaccine, which helps your child’s body to protect itself against the COVID-19 virus. Some patients may not experience these side effects, but the vaccine is working. 

Will the vaccine impact my child’s development? 

No. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine get vaccinated as soon as they are able. Clinical trials show that this vaccine is safe and effective for children. 

Can any of the vaccines give my child COVID-19? 

No. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine. This vaccine gives your child’s cells instructions for how to make a harmless protein that is unique to the virus, which then teaches their body how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19 if they are exposed in the future. COVID-19 vaccines do not contain the virus, so they can’t give your child COVID-19.   

Does an mRNA vaccine change my child’s DNA or genetic code? 

No. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. The messenger RNA contained in the COVID-19 vaccine cannot integrate into your child’s DNA or their human genes and is broken down very quickly once it's exposed in the body. The COVID-19 vaccines cannot change your child’s DNA.

How long is the vaccine effective?

This is unknown. 

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