What Now: Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers

Now that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for children 5-11 years old, you may be excited or apprehensive or still have questions about the vaccine.  Any way you’re feeling is okay.  

What you need to know



COVID-19 is one of the top ten causes of death among children. The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect your child from getting sick, being hospitalized, or developing long-term symptoms.  


Having your child vaccinated will protect family members and friends, especially those who may be at high risk. It will also keep schools safer so there are fewer disruptions in learning.


The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for children only after rigorous testing and data that overwhelmingly demonstrated its safety and effectiveness. Additionally, the same Pfizer vaccine (in a slightly higher dosage) has been administered to hundreds of millions of people worldwide (aged 12+) and has been shown to be very effective against severe disease, hospitalization and death.  During the Delta surge, areas with higher vaccination rates saw fewer deaths from COVID. 

The data is clear, vaccines are the way out of this pandemic and how we #ProtectOurKids. 

Take Action

  • Get your child vaccinated – Make a plan by calling your pediatrician, family doctor or going to vaccines.gov to find an appointment near you.
  • You can also ask questions at a live Q&A town hall on November 15 at 8-9pm ET hosted by Doctors for America in partnership with Made to Save. 
  • Submit your story through our Soapboxx campaign and spread the word online using our digital toolkit. 

Additional Resources

The Conversation about the COVID Vaccine & Kids presented by We>COVID

Here’s a helpful checklist by the American Academy of Pediatrics: “Getting Your Child Ready for the COVID-19 Vaccine”/“Prepare a su hijo para recibir la vacuna contra el COVID-19”