Vaccines for children and teens

Last updated September 9, 2022.

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Find a vaccine appointment for your child
 

Vaccines are the strongest layer of protection we can offer children against COVID-19. While fewer children get severely ill with COVID-19 than adults, they still can get sick with the virus and spread it to other people. Some get sick enough to need hospitalization. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help your child stay healthy, keep them in school/daycare, and protect your family and community.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free. You don’t need ID or insurance for you or your child to get vaccinated.

 

Where can my child get vaccinated?

Providers with vaccines for children are located across the state. Ask your child’s medical provider if they offer COVID-19 vaccines in their office.

You can also find a local pediatric provider on the statewide vaccine provider map found on our vaccine finder page.

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Care to Clinic Locator 

Find the vaccine provider closest to your child’s daycare, Head Start, YMCA, or other child care center! Nearly 3,500 child care services are listed in the spreadsheet below, next to three of the closest vaccine providers with COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 6 months through 4 years.
 
To find your child’s daycare, press “Ctrl” and “F” on your keyboard, then type in the name of the location in your browser’s search bar. Scroll to the right in the spreadsheet to view the three closest vaccine providers. Call the listed number to ask about an appointment, or visit the provider’s website for more information.

Viewing this page on mobile? Access the spreadsheet directly at this link.

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Note: Child care providers licensed for fewer than 10 children are not included in this list.

Some providers, such as retail pharmacies, can only take vaccine appointments for children aged 3 years and older. Contact providers directly for more information.

In addition, all weekly community clinics throughout the state also offer vaccines for children aged 6 months through 4 years. View the community clinic schedule.

 

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COVID-19 vaccines for kids are safe

Clinical trials and real-world data show that it is safe for children as young as 6 months old to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

COVID-19 vaccines for children work the same way as vaccines for adults. But the dose is smaller to make sure it’s safe and gives the best possible protection for each age group.

Thousands of families volunteered to make sure the vaccines for kids are safe and work well. Thanks to their help, more families can make the choice to get protected now, too.

The vaccines work well to prevent severe illness

The vaccine works well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death among children. A CDC report from March 2022 showed that getting vaccinated with two doses was 73% to 94% effective at preventing COVID-related hospitalization among children aged 5 to 17. 

Most vaccine side effects are mild and temporary

The side effects in children are similar to the side effects experienced by adults. They can include tiredness, headache, soreness, chills, and fever. In clinical trials and real world data, children tended to have milder side effects than teens and adults. Most side effects are mild and go away on their own after a day or two. Mild side effects are a normal sign the body is building protection and are common with other routine childhood vaccines, too.

Kids need multiple doses of the vaccine to get protected

The number and timing of doses depend on your child’s age, health conditions, and which vaccine they originally received.

In general, children who receive Pfizer will need three doses and children who receive Moderna or Novavax will need two doses. Immunocompromised children may need additional doses.

For more information about when to schedule your child’s vaccine doses, use our vaccine dose calculator.

Children can get routine vaccines at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine

It is safe for your child to receive other routine vaccines on the same day as a COVID-19 vaccine. You may be able to include other routine vaccinations at the appointment, which are vital for keeping kids protected from other preventable illnesses. If pandemic-related disruptions interrupted your child’s vaccine schedule, now is a great time to get back on track.

Children don't need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at their vaccine appointments

The state of Colorado does not require minors to be accompanied as long as parental consent is collected and shared prior to the appointment. This can be done through Colorado’s COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Administration Form (view in Spanish) or through the vaccine provider’s online scheduling system. The provider may also obtain consent by phone and document it in the patient’s record.

Some vaccine providers may require children to have a parent or guardian with them at their appointment. We recommend calling your provider ahead of time to check whether they require parental accompaniment.

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For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, please call:

1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926)
Available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.;
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT.
Answers available in multiple languages.