Vaccination clinics for youth 5 to 11-year-olds

Anyone age 5 and older in the United States can get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccines are free -health insurance is not required- and administered regardless of immigration status.

COVID-19 vaccines are available at CCHD clinics and from many pharmacies and health care providers.

Please use the links below to schedule your child’s vaccination or booster.

Appointments for second doses in approximately three weeks will be made at the first clinic.

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FAQs for Vaccination of 5-11 year-olds

Why should my child get vaccinated?
COVID-19 can sicken people of all ages. There’s no way to predict how your child might be affected by COVID.

Among children under age 18 in the United States who’ve gotten COVID-19:

Tens of thousands have been hospitalized and hundreds have died.

Even if your child doesn’t get very sick, a COVID-19 infection could still cause health problems down the road.

The vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19.

How do we know the vaccines are safe for kids?
The COVID-19 vaccine for children has been through rigorous testing and thorough review by the FDA and CDC.

Thousands of children participated in the clinical trials. Among those who received the vaccine, it was shown to be safe and effective at preventing COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccines are the most closely monitored vaccines in U.S. history. And the FDA and CDC will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, including among children.

How do the vaccines work?
The active ingredient is a molecule that leads your body to briefly make a protein (called the spike protein) normally found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19. The vaccine helps your body recognize that protein and creates a strong immune response against the spike protein.

After vaccination, your body breaks down the vaccine components and gets rid of them within about 36 hours.

After vaccination, because the immune system has protection built up against the spike protein, the body is ready to fight off the virus that causes COVID-19.

Will I or my child get myocarditis or pericarditis from receiving an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine?

Myocarditis and pericarditis are two kinds of heart inflammation that can cause symptoms like chest pain, a fast or hard heartbeat, and shortness of breath.

These kinds of heart inflammation after vaccination are extremely rare.

When they happen, they mostly happen in male adolescents and young adults, typically within several days after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination.

Patients usually recover quickly and respond well to medications and rest.

You’re actually more likely to get heart inflammation if you’re unvaccinated and get sick with COVID-19. And heart inflammation from COVID-19 tends to be worse than the heart inflammation people have had after vaccination.

How many vaccine doses does my child need?
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires 2 initial doses, given 21 days apart.

Everyone 12 or older should get a booster shot 5 months after your 2nd dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to keep up your protection against COVID-19.

What are the common side effects of COVID-19 vaccines?
Children who’ve gotten a COVID-19 vaccine have the same common side effects as adults.

Common side effects include:

Pain, redness, or swelling where you got your shot
Tiredness, Headache, Muscle pain, Chills, Fever, and Nausea

These side effects are normal and typically last for a couple of days after vaccination.

They are signs that the vaccine is working and that your child’s body is building protection against the virus.

If my child has had COVID, do they need to get vaccinated?

Yes. You should get your child vaccinated against COVID-19 even if they’ve already had COVID-19.

Having had COVID-19 doesn’t necessarily protect someone against getting infected again.

In fact, a recent study found that unvaccinated individuals are more than twice as likely to be reinfected with COVID-19 than those who had COVID-19 and then got vaccinated.

How can I prepare my child for their COVID-19 vaccine shots?
Getting a shot can be scary for kids. Here are some tips to comfort your child before, during, and after their shot.

 

Vaccination Clinics for 5 to 11 Year-Olds

Children ages 5-11 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The Cecil County Health Department and ChristianaCare Union Hospital will be offering several pediatric vaccination clinics for children ages 5-11 over the coming weeks. Clinics are held in the tents across from the ER on the corner of Singerly and Cathedral Streets. Your pediatrician may also be providing COVID-19 vaccination.

Please keep in mind.

  •  Please do not arrive at the clinic site more than 5 minutes prior to your appointment time.  Admittance to the clinic site is granted by appointment time to maintain social distancing.
  •  Appointments are required. Adults must bring identification with a birthdate. Minors require consent from a parent or guardian. Acceptable information includes government-issued ID cards, drivers license, or passport.
  • Please remember that this vaccine requires a second dose approximately three weeks following the first dose. You should keep this follow-up appointment in mind when scheduling your initial appointment.
  • Please do not come to the vaccine clinic if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, if you have tested positive for COVID in the prior 10 days, if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID in the last 10 days, or if you have received any other vaccination (flu, pneumonia, etc.) within the last 14 days.
  • Please be prepared to remain in our observation area for at least 15 minutes after you are vaccinated. There are NO exceptions to this requirement. You may be asked to remain under observation for up to 30 minutes based on your health history.