Now that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for children 5-11 years old, parents are going to have a lot of questions: Where can they get their child vaccinated? Why should I get my child vaccinated? I heard something scary on the internet about children and Covid-19 vaccines, is it true? You are a trusted messenger in your community and can be there to help parents feel more comfortable and ensure they have access to get their child vaccinated.
What you need to know
For parents who want to get their child vaccinated, the rollout may be slow and not all pediatricians will have the vaccine in their offices. Finding out where vaccines are available for this age group will help you guide parents. Also, helping to set up vaccination clinics in your community (preferably within school systems where children are already) will help to ensure equitable access.
For parents who aren’t yet sure if they want to vaccinate their children, providing access to accurate information about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine can help parents overcome any fears about this particular vaccine. Share how important vaccination is for community protection and going back to normal life (no more disruptions of in-school learning, children going back to regular activities).
Prioritize storytelling, answering questions and ensuring equity in vaccine information sharing and access to the vaccine.
- Host information sessions and/or vaccine events serving 5-11 (here)
- Incorporate effective messaging into your outreach
- Attend our “Talking to Parents and Guardians about the COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids” training on November 16th from 7-8pm EST
Vaccinating Children Ages 5-11, Policy considerations from KFF
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)