Pfizer Vaccine Clinics for Ages 5-11

  • The CDC approved November 2 a recommendation that children ages 5-11 receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This follows the Food and Drug Administration's grant of an Emergency Use Authorization for the vaccine.

    Lawrence Public Schools had already started collaborating with our local public health partners Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health (LDCPH) and LMH Health to plan. LDCPH will offer Pfizer vaccine clinics for children ages 5-11 in our four middle schools and in neighborhood recreation centers.

    This clinic schedule is subject to availability of the vaccine and may change. All clinics require an appointment. A parent or guardian must accompany the child. This will give parents and guardians the opportunity to ask questions of the provider and help children child feel more comfortable with the process.

    You may schedule an appointment for your child at http://www.ldchealth.org/getmyvaccine.

    • Use the Registration Code from the clinic schedule that corresponds with the clinic you want to attend.
    • You may call 785-843-0721 for assistance.
    • When completing your registration, please include your insurance information, if available.
    • If you do not have insurance, enter "COVID19 HRSA" as the Insurance Name and your child's first and last name as the Policy Number.
    • When you successfully submit your registration, you will receive a confirmation email or text with a QR code.
    • Children will receive the vaccine in two doses, given at least three weeks apart.
    • LDCPH will provide instructions for signing up for the second dose after your child receives their first dose.
    • This list of transportation options around Douglas County also may be of assistance to you: dgcoks.org/ transportation.

    Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines may also be available at many primary care providers and local pharmacies. Find a complete list at lmh.org/vaccinedouglascountyks.org/coronavirus, or vaccinefinder.org/search 

    Review below Frequently Asked Questions about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. We recommend that families direct any additional questions to your primary healthcare provider, pediatrician, or the health department. 

    Lawrence Public Schools encourages COVID-19 vaccination for all who are eligible to receive the vaccine. The school district does not require it.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions about the Pediatric Pfizer Vaccine

    Q: How do I sign my child up to receive their second dose?

    A: Lawrence Douglas-County Public Health will provide instructions on how to sign up for the second dose after your child receives their first dose. Information will also be made available at ldchealth.org/COVIDVaccine and through social media when available.

     

    Q: Is it safe to give children a new vaccine?

    A: Millions of people in the U.S. have received COVID-19 vaccines. The mRNA technology used in Pfizer’s vaccine has been studied for about 15 years. mRNA molecules occur naturally in humans and the vaccine molecules are destroyed and don’t stay in the body. This means they’re safe for growing bodies and shouldn’t affect puberty or fertility.

     

    Q: Will my child be receiving a live vaccine?

    A: No. The vaccine doesn’t introduce a live COVID virus to the body. It helps trigger the immune response within the body and teaches cells to recognize the COVID-19 virus. When the immune system responds, it starts to produce antibodies in the way that it would with a natural infection.

     

    Q: If my child already had COVID, should they still get the vaccine?

    A: Yes! While there is some immunity following a COVID infection, it won’t last as long and won’t be as strong as the immunity generated by the vaccine.

     

    Q: Is there a difference between an adult dose and a pediatric dose of the Pfizer vaccine?

    A: A pediatric dose of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine is 10 micrograms, which is one-third the dose for people ages 12 and older. As with the older group, children will receive the vaccine in two doses, given at least three weeks apart.

     

    Q: How many children participated in the vaccine trial?

    A: There were 2,268 children originally in the trial, two-thirds of whom received the vaccine with the rest receiving a placebo. The trial was then expanded to about 4,500 children.

     

    Q: Are the side effects from the Pfizer vaccine different in children than in adolescents?

    A: According to the FDA, the side effects in children are comparable to those in adolescents. These include pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain, fever and joint pain. If they occur, side effects usually subside in one to three days.

     

    Q: I’ve still got questions about the vaccine and its safety. Who can I talk with about my concerns?

    A: Your child’s primary care physician, pediatrician or trusted healthcare provider can answer your questions. Pharmacists at LMH Health and local pharmacies are also available.