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COVID-19 VACCINE FAQ- updated 1/23/22

There are three vaccinations that have been approved to protect against serious infection with COVID-19. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for 18 years and older and the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 5 and older.

Is My Child Eligible For The COVID-19 Vaccine?

All New Yorkers 5 years and older are eligible for COVID vaccination beginning November 3, 2021

Can I get the vaccine if I am breastfeeding?

Yes, absolutely.  Any vaccine can cause fever and body aches, and it is ok to take Tylenol or Ibuprofen if needed while breastfeeding.

Should I get the vaccine if I am pregnant?

The vaccinations are currently recommended for pregnant women and immunity has been shown to pass to infants in utero. We do, however, recommend that all pregnant women speak with their OB regarding their decision to receive the COVID vaccination while pregnant.

Should my child get the vaccine if they are eligible?

Yes, the vaccines are safe and help to dramatically decrease the risk of severe or life-threatening COVID 19 infection. The doctors of Pediatric Associates strongly recommend the COVID 19 vaccine for ALL ages of children for which the vaccine has been approved.

What if my child is 11 years old now and will be 12 soon? What dose should they get?

We recommend that children get the vaccine as soon as possible and not delay until their birthday. The dose should correspond with their age at the time of vaccination, not their height or weight. This means that these children will receive the pediatric dose initially (when they are 11) and the adult dose (when they are 12) for the second shot

Are you giving the vaccine in your office?

We are giving the vaccine in our office by appointment only. Our Facebook site has a link to multiple sites that are administering the vaccine to children.

When are younger kids going to get it?

There is no current data published evaluating the vaccines safety and efficacy in children younger than 5. Children <5 are at a lower risk for severe illness.  It is unclear when the vaccine will be approved for younger children but hopefully by the spring 2022.

Should my child still get the vaccine if they had COVID-19 or have tested positive for antibodies?

Yes.  The CDC recommends that you get vaccinated regardless of whether you have had COVID-19 in the past.  It is possible to be reinfected. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19 infection, we do not know how long this protection lasts. Vaccination is the best protection against COVID-19 and it is safe. People who get COVID-19 may develop serious illnesses and long term complications.

When should I get the vaccination if I have tested positive for COVID?

While recommendations vary, there is no required interval between infection and receiving the vaccination. Those who have been infected however should be fully recovered from infection and should complete at least the minimum isolation period of 10 days.  

Can my child receive other vaccinations, including the Flu shot at the same time as the COVID vaccine?

        Yes

Should my child receive a booster dose?

The booster dose of the COVID vaccine is currently approved for those 12 years and older. The booster can be administered any time after 5 months from the completion of the primary COVID vaccine series (5+ months after the second vaccination dose)

        

Where can my child get the COVID 19 vaccine?

        There are multiple vaccination sites throughout the 5 boroughs. Click links below to schedule a vaccination for yourself or your child(ren).

https://vax4nyc.nyc.gov/patient/s/

https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/covid-19-vaccines/

https://nyulangone.org/locations/covid-19-vaccine

For additional information about the COVID 19 vaccine:

AAP covid 19 vaccine recommendations

FAQ from NYS DOH about the COVID-19 Vaccine

FAQ from The CDC about the COVID-19 Vaccine

FAQ from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia about the COVID 19 Vaccine