Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine is available for children ages six months and up. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics have all recommended that children six months and older be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they can.
Children six months and older should get at least one additional COVID-19 bivalent vaccine when they’re eligible.
To learn more about vaccination, read Six Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccination for Children and The Science Behind COVID-19 Vaccines: Parent FAQs.
Children three years and older can get vaccines at many pharmacies and those 18 months and older can get vaccinated at retail care clinics. Children six months and older can get vaccinated at health centers or their pediatrician’s office. No matter where you choose to go, call before you go to make sure they have vaccines.
Check phila.gov/vaccine and vaccines.gov for a location near you.
For more information, read our blog post: COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children under five.
Note: Children under the age of 11 must have a parent or guardian present to be vaccinated. Those 11-17 can consent for their own COVID-19 vaccination, subject to the vaccine provider’s determination that they can provide informed consent, but must provide documentation such as:
- Access school or health care portals via phone.
- Copy of school or sports health forms.
- Insurance cards.
- Birth certificates or photos of their birth certificate.
- Any other documents with the child’s name and date of birth.
Not all sites will vaccinate people under the age of 16. Make sure to call ahead to confirm a vaccination site has pediatric vaccines and will vaccinate your child. For more information, find a vaccination clinic.