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COVID-19 Vaccination for Children

 
Please note that at this time, we are not able to vaccinate children under age 5 at our regular clinics. Please see below for options for this age group. If you are not able to find a vaccination option for your child, please contact us at 410-876-4848.
 

COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children age 6 months – 5 years

Click link to register:

Friday, February 10th, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Carroll County Health Department

290 South Center Street, Westminster

 
 
Getting Your Child Vaccinated
Talk to your children’s healthcare provider to see if they are offering the COVID-19 vaccine. They may be the best option for your children. Additional options for children under age 5 currently include:
 
Children age 5+ can be vaccinated at our regular clinics. We will provide updates on local clinic plans on this web page and social media.
 

Information about COVID-19 Vaccination for Children

 Children can:

  • Be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19
  • Get sick from COVID-19
  • Be hospitalized, seriously ill, or die from COVID-19
  • Spread COVID-19 to others

The CDC now recommends that:

  • Everyone ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Find detailed recommendations at COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations for Children and Teens.
  • New 12/9/22: Children ages 6 months – 5 years who had the Moderna primary series can get a Moderna bivalent booster 2 months after their final primary series dose. Children ages 6 months through 4 years who are currently completing a Pfizer primary series will receive a Pfizer bivalent vaccine as their third primary dose. Children who have already received 3 Pfizer primary vaccines are not currently eligible for a bivalent booster. FDA statement
  • Everyone 5 years and older should also get a COVID-19 booster, if eligible.
  • Use CDC’s COVID-19 booster tool to learn if and when your child or teen can get boosters to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.

Talk to your child’s healthcare provider about getting your child vaccinated against COVID-19. It is safe to receive COVID-19 vaccines at the same time as the flu vaccine and other vaccinations.

From Deputy Health Officer Dr. Robert Wack, pediatrician 

We realize that parents will make their own decisions on whether to have their children vaccinated. Our goals are:

1) to provide parents with the most accurate and up-to-date information available; and

2) to provide access to care for parents who are ready to have their children vaccinated

 

Information on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 

Here are key reasons to consider COVID-19 vaccination for your child:

Infections:

  • Children are susceptible to COVID-19 infection. Well over 2 million cases of COVID-19 infections have occurred in U.S. children under age 5.
  • Children at risk for long-term health problems from COVID-19 infections. Most studies show about 5% of infected children will have symptoms lasting longer than 1 month.

Hospitalizations:

  • During the Omicron wave, children under age 5 had a significantly higher rate of hospitalization than older children or teens. This is likely due in large part to a lack of vaccination in this age group.
  • More hospitalizations (over 20,000 young children) and deaths (over 400) occurred in this age group as a result of COVID-19 infections than from any other infectious disease.
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations have been about 2-3 times higher than influenza hospitalizations during any flu season over the past decade.
  • More than half of hospitalized children (63%) had no underlying health conditions.

Deaths:

  • There have also been 2-3 times more deaths per year from COVID-19 than from a typical influenza season.
  • Over the past 2 ½ years, COVID-19 is the single leading cause of death among American children younger than age 6.

COVID-19 Vaccinations in children

  • Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines show effectiveness in young children comparable to that in older children and adults.
  • Safety studies for both vaccines are very reassuring. There were no cases of myocarditis. There were no deaths among vaccinated children.
  • Mild fevers and irritability occur in about 10% of children after vaccination. This is comparable to other routine pediatric vaccinations.
  • Find more information on studies here: Mayo Clinics COVID-19 Vaccinations for Kids 

What else should parents consider?

  • Children with many types of underlying health conditions (chronic respiratory problems, including asthma, conditions that impair the immune system, sickle cell disease, genetic conditions, cancer, etc.) are at greater risk for complications due to a COVID-19 infection. Vaccination has additional benefits for these children, and parents should discuss vaccination with their child’s physician.
  • For households with immunocompromised older children or adults, decreasing the infection rate for any family member helps protect everyone.

Infants and Pregnant Women

  • The best way to protect newborns is for women to receive vaccination while pregnant. Multiple studies have proven that maternal antibodies produced as a result of vaccination cross the placenta and provide protection to newborns. This protection continues for months after the baby is born. 
  • Women who are pregnant are at increased risk of severe illness with COVID-19, as well as premature birth and other possible infant health issues. Read more.

COVID-19 Disinformation

  • Rumors that mRNA vaccines alter a person’s genes are completely FALSE. The mRNA in vaccines cannot interact with our DNA. Rumors of genetic alteration have absolutely no scientific basis.
  • Rumors that mRNA vaccines alter human reproduction are completely FALSE. Not only is there no plausible mechanism for mRNA vaccines to impact any part of reproduction in either females or males, 2 years of follow up studies have documented that people receiving mRNA vaccines are just as likely to have healthy pregnancies as those who are not vaccinated. mRNA vaccines also have no impact on a teen’s normal transition through puberty.
  • Rumors that previous infection with COVID-19 provide protection against future COVID-19 (natural immunity) that is equal or better than protection provided by vaccination is FALSE. Multiple studies in the U.S. and other countries have clearly established that vaccination produces more consistent protection against infection than natural immunity from a previous infection. For children under age 5 who have been previously infected with COVID-19, studies show vaccination increases antibody levels 40-50 times higher than previously infected children who remain unvaccinated.
  • Statements that scientists and physicians don’t understand the way in which mRNA vaccines work in the human body are FALSE. Although COVID-19 vaccines are the first widely used mRNA vaccines, research on the development of these vaccines began over 30 years ago. 

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