COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 12 and up have been given "Emergency Use Authorization" by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Here's what you should know.
Where can my child get vaccinated?
We’re only offering COVID-19 vaccines for children at our COVID-19 Vaccination Center in Charlottesville.
Right now, vaccines are only available to children aged 12 and up. Anyone under the age of 18 must come with a parent or legal guardian.
To find a vaccination center anywhere in the United States, please visit VaccineFinder. You could also contact a local doctor or pharmacy.
How can I book an appointment for my child’s vaccination?
Are walk-ins allowed?
Do we need to bring anything with us to the appointment?
No. You’ll just need to confirm your child’s name and date of birth. You won’t be asked to show ID for you or your child.
Can we go home right after my child gets their shot?
We ask everyone to wait 15 minutes after their shot. If your child has known allergies, we’ll ask that they wait 30 minutes. That way we can monitor them for any allergic reactions.
If they do have an allergic reaction, we can help immediately. Allergic reactions are very rare.
How many shots will my child get?
Right now, only the Pfizer vaccine is available for children 12-17 years old. It requires 2 shots for your child to be fully protected.
Should my child get vaccinated if they’ve already had COVID-19?
No one knows how long immunity lasts after a COVID-19 infection. Everyone who can should get vaccinated. If your child has already had COVID-19, they should get their first shot 21-60 days after their illness.
My child is afraid of needles. Can you help them feel comfortable with getting a shot?
Talk to the team at the vaccination center when you get here. Let them know in advance that your child fears needles. Our experienced team can help meet your child’s specific needs.
My child has a history of severe allergies (anaphylaxis) to vaccines. Should they still get the COVID-19 shot?
If your child has had an allergic reaction to a vaccine before, talk with your child’s doctor first. You can also talk to a UVA Health allergy specialist.
If you do decide to schedule an appointment, we’ll monitor you child for 30 minutes instead of 15. Our team is equipped to handle a severe allergic reaction if it happens.
If your child does have a severe allergic reaction to the first dose, you should talk to their doctor before the second one.