COVID-19 Vaccine Importance: Ages 5 – 11 Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic

COVID-19 Vaccine Importance: Ages 5 – 11

COVID-19 Vaccine Importance: Ages 5 – 11

Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic

The FDA has now authorized the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11. This is exciting news! It will help us protect our community against COVID-19! Getting vaccinated is the best way to beat COVID-19. We encourage everyone to protect their children ages 5-18 years old from COVID-19. Get vaccinated today!

Is the Vaccine Safe for Children Ages 5-11?

Yes! The COVID-19 vaccine for children has been through rigorous testing and thorough review by the FDA and CDC. It is the same vaccine being offered to those ages 12 and older. However, it is given at a lower dose. It is safe and effective at preventing COVID-19. The FDA and CDC will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, including among children.

The vaccine is also given to young children using a smaller needle. As with all other age groups who get the Pfizer vaccine, children ages 5-11 will need a second shot three weeks after their first shot.

Learn more about the vaccine HERE.

Vaccines Side Effects in Children Ages 5-11

The common, short-term side effects are a sign that the vaccine is working. They show that your body is building up the protection it needs to keep you safe from COVID-19. The likelihood of experiencing a severe side effect from the vaccine is less than 0.5%.

Common side effects should go away in a few days, and may include:

  • Pain, redness, or swelling where you got your shot
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

Vaccine Type by Age Group

There are multiple different COVID-19 vaccines. Below is an up-to-date list of which vaccine has been authorized for use in each age group.

Ages 18 years and older

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • J&J/Janssen

12-17 years old

  • Pfizer-BioNTech

5-11 years old

  • Pfizer-BioNTech

4 years and younger

  • No vaccine has been authorized for this age group

How to Get Vaccinated

All Chapa-De patients ages 5 and over are eligible to get their COVID-19 Vaccine at Chapa-De. We offer Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. We also have boosters and third doses for those who qualify. Learn more HERE.

COVID-19 vaccines are free to patients. Click HERE to schedule an appointment at Chapa-De.

There are also many vaccine clinics being held all over the community. This includes both appointments and walk-in sites. Check out California’s My Turn website or call 2-1-1 to find a location near you.

My Turn or call 2-1-1

For more information, call our Auburn location at (530) 887-2800 or our Grass Valley location at (530) 477-8545 or visit us online at



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