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Help protect your whole family and fight COVID’s impact in your community by getting yourself and your children age 5 years and older vaccinated.

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Real Maryland kids have lots of reasons to make sure Marylanders 5 and older are vaccinated.

Why vaccinate children against COVID-19?

What parents and caretakers need to know.

  • The vaccine has met FDA’s scientific standards for children’s safety.
  • Clinical trials show the vaccine is effective at preventing serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19 for children age 5 and older.
  • Vaccinating children can help protect family members, including family members who may be at increased risk of getting very sick if they are infected.
  • Vaccinating children age 5 years and older can help keep them in school, and help them safely participate in sports, playdates, and other group activities.
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Questions? Ask your pediatrician or health care provider about the pediatric COVID vaccine. You can also call 1-855-MD-GOVAX (1-855-634-6829).

Vaccines & Eligibility for Children

Marylanders age 5 and older are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19 and its variants.

Teen girl after her vaccination

Booster shots are available for people age 12 and over.

Currently, a booster shot is not recommended for children younger than 12. Marylanders age 12 to 17 should receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot at least 5 months after completing their first two shots.

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Where can I get a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine?

  • Check with your child’s healthcare provider about whether they offer COVID-19 vaccination
  • Check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccination walk-ins or appointments are available for children
  • Visit covidvax.maryland.gov to find a location and make an appointment

The COVID-19 vaccine is free regardless of a person’s immigration or health insurance status.

Before and after your child’s COVID-19 vaccine

The experience of getting a COVID-19 vaccine will be similar to the experience of getting other routine childhood vaccines. Use the CDC’s tips to support your child before, during, and after they get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Your child may have some side effects, which are normal signs that their body is building protection. It is important to note that more than 90% of COVID-19 side effects are minor, and last only 1-2 days.

Possible short-term side effects from the COVID-19 vaccination

On the arm where your child got the shot:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling

Throughout the rest of the body:

  • Tiredness
  • Chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Nausea

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