What you need to know
Many parents have questions about the new COVID-19 vaccine for kids. Their physicians, nurses, hospitals, and local health organizations remain among the most trusted sources of information. Yet parents from communities of color and low income communities may not have access to trusted health professionals to get their questions answered. They may also have reasons for distrusting the healthcare system. Because fewer locations will be providing shots for younger children, access will be a challenge for families that do not have transportation or the ability to take paid time off. Reaching out to support these communities will be essential.
Take Action – Pediatric Vaccine Providers
- Sign up with your state immunization program to provide COVID-19 vaccines.
- List your location on vaccines.gov to provide shots to children who do not have a medical home. Consider offering extended hours on weekends or evenings.
- Download resources from HHS’s WeCanDoThis to make a vaccine site fun.
- Use this checklist from the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM) to make your vaccine site friendly for those communities.
- Order free stickers and buttons in English and Spanish from Immunize.org through 2021.
- Consider offering to work with local elementary schools on school-located vaccines.
Take Action – All Health Professionals
- Share information on the vaccines with patients and your community:
- The Science Behind the COVID-19 Vaccines (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- The Conversation About COVID-19 Vaccines and Kids – videos of pediatricians answering frequently asked questions (AAP and Kaiser Family Foundation)
- Vaccines for Children and Youth – fact sheets in 40 languages (NRC-RIM)
- COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens (CDC)
- Learn how to have more effective vaccine conversations and get up to 1.0 CME credits (An Approach to Patients Who Have Not Gotten the COVID-19 Vaccine)
- Offer to be a medical expert for a question and answer session for a local school or other organizations that serve families. Sign up for Doctors for America’s Vaccine Expert Corps to be a trusted medical professional for community organizations.
If you are a parent or caregiver of a 5-11 year old, use Made to Save’s easy Soapboxx tool to make a video to share online on what this vaccine means for your family.