COVID-19 Update:Learn where you can get your child vaccinated, as well as other important facts about COVID-19.
Schedule Your Child's COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment
With the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) granting Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5-11, Children's National Hospital is eager to begin vaccinating these children against COVID-19.
Vaccine Registration Form
Please use the form below to request an appointment for your child aged 5-11:
Appointments can be scheduled at the following locations:
We will do our best to honor the time you request for a vaccine appointment but cannot guarantee you will receive an appointment confirmation for the time you prefer.
Getting the Vaccine at Children's National
The vaccine is highly effective and will help protect your child from COVID-19. If your child does get COVID-19, the vaccine should keep them safe from getting seriously ill. Vaccination is the best way to stop the pandemic and get back to normal.
We administer the Pfizer vaccine.
Children’s National is vaccinating individuals ages 5-11. To schedule an appointment, please fill out this form:
The process of thawing and distributing the vaccine makes it necessary for us to know exactly how many people are coming and at what time. Being on time for your child's vaccination will help us minimize waste and vaccinate more people.
If you need to cancel your child's vaccine appointment, please call 202-476-1022 or respond to the text message you receive from Phreesia confirming your appointment.
Your child will not be able to receive the vaccine at Children’s National if:
- They’ve had a severe allergic reaction to injectable medications or vaccines in the past.
- If your child has had a severe allergic reaction to injectable medications or vaccines in the past, we recommend you consult with your child’s primary care provider or allergist prior to vaccination.
- Your child currently has a lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection or is under quarantine from a lab-confirmed positive test.
- Your child is currently under quarantine due to a close contact exposure in the past 14 days.
- Your child is having COVID-like symptoms, including fever/chills, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, sore throat, cough, congestion/runny nose, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, loss of sense of smell or taste.
- Your child has a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of the COVID-19 vaccine:
- The ingredients are: mRNA, lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 2 [(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and cholesterol), potassium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, and sucrose.
- MiraLax is a common form of polyethylene glycol.
- Your child has received a COVID-19 vaccine elsewhere.
- Your child had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Patients who had MIS-C were not included in the initial trial of 5-11 year olds that Pfizer conducted on their COVID-19 vaccine. However, consensus among the health care field is that it is safe and beneficial for children with a history of MIS-C living in areas with high risk for exposure/transmission to receive the vaccine if they have clinically recovered (especially their heart function) and it's been at least 90 days since their diagnosis. If you have specific concerns about your child's individual history, we recommend reaching out to their doctor/specialist for best recommendations.
Yes, children will receive 2 doses of the vaccine, 3 weeks apart.
Patients will be monitored for 15 minutes following the vaccination for adverse reactions.
Common side effects to the vaccine include pain and swelling of the arm where they got the shot and fever, chills, fatigue and headache. If symptoms are worrisome or do not resolve in a few days, call your child’s primary care physician.
If your child experiences a life-threatening reaction after that initial 15 minutes, please call 9-1-1. Children's National is required to report all adverse reactions to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System co-managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
We recommend that parents monitor their children for symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath and fast or irregular heartbeat that may be consistent with myocarditis, and immediately report those symptoms to their doctor. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle that decreases the ability of the heart to pump blood normally.
Yes, the CDC recommends continuing safety precautions – masking, social distancing and hand washing – for everyone regardless of whether they’ve received the vaccine.
It is unknown how long the vaccine will protect your child. Pfizer will follow their clinical trial participants for at least a year and will be able to provide information about lasting protection in the future.
General Vaccine Information
Pfizer has reported no serious safety concerns from their vaccine. All study participants have been followed for at least 2 months after getting vaccinated to look for side effects and will continue to be followed for 1-2 years in total. Some participants have reported sore arms, fatigue, fever and joint and muscle aches that last for a day or two. It is important to know that if your child experiences any of these reactions, this is normal and means the vaccine is working.
Some people have expressed concerns that the Pfizer vaccine may have long-term side effects. Although it is always important to consider the risks and benefits of any medical choice we make, there is no vaccine that has caused late-onset side effects (beginning more than 2 months after receiving the vaccine). All vaccines are made to disintegrate safely in your body. Vaccines introduce a non-harmful ingredient that looks like the true virus or bacteria, allowing your body to build antibodies against the virus/bacteria without getting infected.
For the Pfizer vaccine, the non-harmful ingredient is mRNA. This acts like a recipe that our body uses to build protein. This protein is harmless but does look exactly like the protein on the outside of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), so our antibodies can be prepared if it sees the real virus. mRNA, however, is literally used up as it is read by the body. In fact, the end of the mRNA recipe has instructions to break down the mRNA and stop the production of the protein.
Coronavirus Vaccine FAQs
Now that coronavirus vaccines are being distributed, you may have questions about the vaccines and when your family can expect to receive them.