The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended and approved the Pfizer-BioTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) has also issued emergency use authorization for 5-11 year olds to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Children age 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at pharmacies, primary health providers, and clinics.
SFUSD strongly encourages children (age 5 and above) to get vaccinated with the first dose today to enjoy a safe holiday and prevent missing school due to close contact with COVID-19.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for young children?
The FDA has determined that the vaccine is safe and effective for children age 5 to 11 in preventing COVID-19. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to prevent the worst symptoms of COVID-19 so that our schools can stay safe.
What are the benefits to getting vaccinated?
If your child is vaccinated, they can remain in school and do not have to quarantine even if they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Your child can travel safely and play sports more safely.
Where can I go to get vaccinated?
SFUSD is committed to making the COVID-19 vaccine accessible.
Parents and caregivers can make appointments using their health system’s instructions, or pharmacy websites. Other sources for vaccine appointments include the state’s vaccine booking website, myturn.ca.gov and the City’s website, sf.gov/getvaccinated, which will be updated with local information about appointments as it becomes available across the network of sites in San Francisco
Families should make an appointment. The supply of pediatric vaccines is low this week so most vaccine providers will require an appointment for pediatric vaccines. More vaccines will become available in the upcoming weeks.
Initial demand for the pediatric vaccines may be high and appointments may be hard to get. After the first few weeks, more vaccines and appointments will become available. If you don’t see an appointment at first, please check back frequently. We appreciate your patience.