The COVID-19 Vaccine and Kids
COVID-19 Resource Center
As always, Phoenix Children's is committed to providing hope, healing and the best health care to children and families. We strongly recommend children receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is made available to them, as the very best defense against serious illness and hospitalization.
Many people have questions about the vaccine. Click here to learn more about how the vaccine works, why it is safe, and what to expect after your child receives the vaccine.
We encourage you to check this page often as we are working to keep it up to date for parents in our community.
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Where can my child get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Thomas Road
Phoenix Children’s is working urgently to distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible to eligible children. At present, we are prioritizing vaccine appointments at our main campus location for children who are high-risk, including hospitalized patients, those who have chronic health conditions and children who are immunocompromised. As of Nov. 9, 2021, we will offer the COVID-19 vaccine at this location for children ages 5 and up who are current Phoenix Children’s patients.
Phoenix Children’s on-site point of distribution (POD) is open for appointments Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30 a.m., as well as Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. If your child is a patient at any Phoenix Children’s clinic, please contact your clinic for more information on scheduling a vaccine appointment. The POD is located in Lot 4.
Phoenix Children’s will make every effort to expand appointments to accommodate more patient families across Arizona.
Phoenix Children’s Pediatrics
The COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years old is available under emergency use authorization (EUA). Existing patients of Phoenix Children’s Pediatrics between the ages of 5-11 can make a vaccine appointment by calling their primary Phoenix Children’s Pediatrics office. Please note your vaccine appointment may be made at another Phoenix Children’s Pediatrics location, based on appointment availability.
Please contact your Phoenix Children’s Pediatrics office if you have any questions or to make a vaccine appointment.
Other Locations in the Community
Parents and guardians of children age-eligible to receive the vaccine can schedule their vaccination appointment through the state vaccine scheduling website. Scheduling is easy:
- Visit https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/
- First-time users will be required to create a new account.
- Under “Login” click “Not a user? Create a new account here”
- Then, enter your first and last name, email address, birth date and phone number. Once you’ve provided this basic information, check your email for a link to finish setting up your account.
- Once you’ve created an account, follow the prompts to schedule your child’s vaccination.
Maricopa County also offers a list of COVID-19 vaccine locations. Many accept walk-ins. More information on these locations is available at: Maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations.
In addition, many pharmacies offer the vaccine as well.
Hear From Other Parents
“You never expect you will be the parent of a medically fragile child, and then you are, and suddenly you are regularly faced with making critical decisions for their health and safety. Now more than ever, I am facing these decisions and see the impact firsthand on families and people I care about. I am grateful that my family has chosen to be vaccinated and has had the opportunity, not only to protect our youngest daughter with complex needs, but to protect each other. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine not only protects you, it protects those you love and the individuals you interact with. While much of this pandemic has been uncertain, one thing I can be certain about is that my family has made the right decision in getting the COVID-19 vaccine.”
– Brittany M., mother of three
Following are some frequently asked questions and answers about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Q: What COVID-19 vaccine is available for children?
A: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 through 11. Pfizer also was granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) in May 2021 for a vaccine for children 12-15. Their vaccine has full FDA approval for those age 16 and older. COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna, as well as Johnson & Johnson, have been granted EUA for those 18 and older.
Q: Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for kids?
A: Millions of people worldwide have been safely vaccinated against COVID-19, and clinical trials in children under 12 have been going on for months. The data shows the vaccine is safe and effective.
Q: Children with COVID-19 generally do not get as sick as adults. Why is it important for children to get vaccinated?
A: While most children experience mild symptoms and make a full recovery, some children become very sick with COVID-19. This is especially true of children with complex and chronic health conditions. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that hospitalizations for children with COVID-19 are increasing nationwide – including healthy children with no pre-existing conditions.
Q: Can my child get COVID-19 from getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: The vaccine does not use the live virus that causes COVID-19, so no one will contract COVID-19 as a result of getting the vaccine.