Student COVID Vaccine

STAF IN SAFE AND HEALTHY

On October 29, 2021, the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include children 5 through 11 years of age.  

On November 2, 2021, the  CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended the use of the COVID-19 vaccine for children in this same age group. Together, their support authorizes widespread administration of the vaccine.

Children are at risk for contracting COVID-19, and some can get seriously ill. Even if a child doesn’t get severely ill, they could face long-term health consequences or pass the virus to others. The best way to protect children against COVID-19, including the Delta variant—in school, in sports, with their friends—is by getting them vaccinated.

This is a safe and effective vaccine. Like other pediatric vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine was thoroughly tested and then reviewed by the FDA and CDC before these agencies authorized and recommended it for wide use. The vaccine will be available at no cost and regardless of citizenship or insurance status.

We encourage all eligible family members to be vaccinated, and are excited that students ages 5-11 are now also a part of this group. At this time, Dayton Children’s Hospital and CVS are administering the pediatric vaccine for FREE.