Great news, Jeffco! Children 5 to 11 years old are now able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Children can get COVID-19, become seriously ill and spread it to others. Recently, cases of COVID-19 among children have increased due to widespread transmission of the highly infectious Delta variant, and in Colorado (as of October 2021) there have been more than 39,200 cases of COVID-19 and more than 200 hospitalizations among 5-11 year olds.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children is a two-dose series given three weeks (21 days) apart. The vaccine dose for children (10 micrograms) is a third of the vaccine dose used among individuals ages 12+ (30 micrograms), and is also administered using a smaller needle. The vaccine for children was about 90% effective in preventing COVID-19, and 100% effective at preventing severe disease and death. The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children ages 5-11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study, including no cases of myocarditis or pericarditis.
In addition to protecting young children from getting ill with COVID-19, the vaccine will help families return to doing the activities they love, like more safely attending school, gathering with friends and family, participating in team sports and enjoying activities away from home. Kids should get to be kids, and widespread vaccination is how we can end the pandemic together. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine for kids and where to get one at www.COVIDFreeKids.org.
Dr. Dawn Comstock
Jefferson County Public Health