Vaccines for children and teens

Last updated January 20, 2022.

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Pfizer vaccine is now authorized for kids 5-17
Find a vaccine appointment for your child
  • Many medical offices are offering COVID-19 vaccines for children age 5 to 11 years. Ask your child’s medical provider if they plan to offer COVID-19 vaccines in their office.

  • Every CDPHE community vaccination site around the state offers vaccines for 5-11 year olds, as well as adults and children 12 and up. Find a vaccination site and book an appointment.

  • Retail pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens are taking appointments for children age 5 to 11. Find an appointment at a pharmacy near you at Vaccines.gov.

  • All mobile vaccination clinics have vaccines for children age 5 to 11. Find an appointment at a mobile vaccination clinic near you.

  • Pediatric vaccine providers are located across the state. Find a local pediatric provider by viewing the purple pins on the statewide vaccine provider map found on our vaccine finder page.

  • If you need a third dose, ask about getting one at the time of your child’s vaccination. Many providers offer third doses to parents/guardians along with pediatric COVID-19 vaccines.

  • People age 12 to 17, should get a third dose of Pfizer vaccine five months after their second dose at any provider that offers Pfizer vaccines.

  • CDC recommends children aged 5 to 17 who are moderately or severely immunocompromised receive an additional primary dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine 28 days after their second dose. 

  • Children aged 5 to 11 who have received two doses of Pfizer vaccine and are not immunocompromised are not recommended to receive a third dose at this time.

Children age 5 years and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine. 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, and protect your family and community. In Colorado, as of January 2 2022, approximately 20% of cases are in the age group 0-19.

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?

Every CDPHE community vaccination site around the state offers vaccines for 5-11 year olds, as well as adults and children 12 and up. Find your closest community vaccination site and book an appointment at CDPHE’s community vaccination site web page.

Providers with vaccines for children age 5 to 11 are located across the state. Find a local pediatric provider by viewing the purple pins on the statewide vaccine provider map found on our vaccine finder page. Our vaccine provider list also has information about which providers have vaccines for children age 5 to 11.

Children age 12 to 17 years can get a vaccine at any provider that has the Pfizer vaccine for people age 12 and older. You can find providers with Pfizer on our vaccine finder webpage or on Vaccines.gov. You can also text your ZIP code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.

Many medical offices offer COVID-19 vaccines for children age 5 to 11 years. Ask your child’s medical provider if they offer COVID-19 vaccines in their office.

Is it safe for my child to get vaccinated?

Yes. Clinical trials and real-world data show that it is safe for children age 5 to 17 years to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. As of December 19, 2021, approximately 8.7 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine had been administered to children aged 5–11 years, and as of January 9, 2022, more than 64% of children age 12-17 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to CDC data. The preliminary safety findings from real-world data are similar to those from clinical trials. 

Do children get the same type of vaccine as adults? 

Children age 12 to 17 years can get the same kind of Pfizer vaccine as adults. Children age 5 to 11 years get a smaller dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine is one third of the dose of the Pfizer vaccine used for teens and adults. 

How well does the vaccine work for children?

Pfizer’s clinical trials showed that the vaccine for children age 12 to 15 years was 100% effective in preventing COVID-19 infection. The vaccine for children age 5 to 11 years was about 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 infection. Both vaccines were 100% effective in preventing severe disease and death. 

What are the side effects of the vaccine for children?

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 age 5 to 11 years 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.

Will my child need two doses of the vaccine?

Yes. Be sure to schedule your child’s second dose 21 days or three weeks after the first dose.

Can my child get routine vaccines at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. 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 illnesses. 

Do children 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.

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.

The call center will be closed on Nov. 25, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1 for the holidays.