Posts • November 4, 2021

Covid-19 Vaccinations For Children Ages 5-11

Children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, a game-changing development in fighting this deadly virus. Both the CDC and FDA have announced their approval of the vaccine for children as young as five years old.

Starting Saturday, November 6, St. Louis County Department of Health will provide shots for eligible children at sites across the county.

Youth vaccinations are the best tools we have to protect the health and wellbeing of our youngest residents, as well as our greater community. Vaccinations for children of this age benefit their immediate health, and are critical to slowing community spread of COVID-19, as children can carry the virus without showing symptoms. When kids are vaccinated, their families, teachers, coaches, and neighbors are safer as well.  

Whether you’re a parent, guardian, or concerned citizen, there is no doubt that safety is the first thing on your mind when you consider youth vaccination.  

Since the vaccine was first released, researchers have rigorously tested the safety of the shot in youth populations around the world. The meticulous study of the vaccine during this period proves the vaccine’s safety and efficacy for 5-11 year olds. Pfizer’s 5-11 vaccine is specifically measured to provide the right dose for kids. Children will receive smaller doses than adults across two shots, which are spaced three weeks apart. It’s important to note that Pfizer’s youth vaccines are delivered to providers in separate, carefully measured vials than the adult doses. Providers are not able to give children adult doses. 

Whether you’re ready to schedule a vaccination for your child or have more questions, connecting with a pediatrician or trusted medical professional to learn more is a great next step. St. Louis County’s health workers are ready to answer your questions and provide more detail on what you and your child can expect from the vaccine. 

As the holidays quickly approach, getting a child vaccinated is the single most impactful step parents and caregivers can take to protect them from severe illness from COVID-19. 

And for parents who haven’t been vaccinated yet, it’s never too late! When you bring your child or children to get vaccinated, you can get your shot, too. The vaccine remains free to everyone in St. Louis County, regardless of insurance or immigration status. 

Thank you for doing your part to keep your children and your community healthy. For more information on youth vaccinations, and to find a local vaccine for your child, please visit the county’s vaccination page.