Children need protection from COVID-19 both for their health and the health of family and friends. New COVID-19 variants and more in-person activities mean the virus is still being transmitted, and kids are still getting sick.
Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is available to kids 12-years old and up, getting the vaccine is the best thing to do for your child’s health.
Here’s a checklist as you prepare for your child’s COVID-19 vaccination:
- Be sure your child is up to date on all routine immunizations. If they’re behind on their shots, call us to make an appointment to get caught up. There’s no need to wait after these routine shots to get the COVID-19 shot. If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine itself, you can also ask us any questions and share any concerns you may have.
- Schedule your child’s COVID-19 vaccine appointment at our office. We have the Pfizer fully in stock and this is the only currently authorized vaccine for children ages 12-17 in the United States. After your child receives their first vaccine, we will schedule the second dose.
- Keep the paper vaccination card you will receive! Take a photo of it or copy it and keep everything in a safe place. Don’t laminate the vaccination card, in case more information needs to be added. Scheduling your your child’s COVID-19 vaccine with us will allow us to automatically add the vaccine to your child’s medical record. So you don’t have to worry about contacting us to add it to their records. If your child received their vaccine elsewhere, you can schedule your second dose with us and we can add the records to your child’s records after the second dose.
Your child is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of the vaccine. They can get back to activities they enjoy like sports, choir, plays and parties with some added confidence that they are protected!