COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccines for Ages 6 Months to 11 Years

Where to Get Vaccinated

Parents and caregivers can make appointments with their doctor or at pharmacies. 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 can also visit community pharmacies such as Mission Wellness (folleto en español), CVS or Walgreens, or vaccine clinics at SFUSD schools to get vaccinated.

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated June 21, 2022

Where can I go to get a COVID-19 pediatric vaccine or booster for my children?

Parents and caregivers can make appointments with their doctor or at pharmacies. 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.

SFUSD/SFDPH vaccine clinics at schools also offer pediatric vaccines and boosters.

Will my children receive an excused absence from school if they get vaccinated or boosted during the school day?

Yes. Students will receive an excused absence if they are missing school due to any medical appointment.

How can I support my children during their vaccination?

Here are some tips and tools from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that families can consider adopting to support their child(ren):

  • Bring quiet activities to entertain your child for the required 15 minute observation period after receiving the vaccine. 
  • Pack your child’s favorite toy, book, or blanket to comfort them during vaccinations.   
  • Be honest with your child. Explain that shots can pinch or sting, but that it won’t hurt for long.   
  • Engage other family members, especially older siblings, to support your child.   
  • Avoid telling scary stories or making threats about shots.   
  • Remind your child that vaccines can keep them healthy – they are a good thing!  
  • Distract and comfort your child by cuddling, singing, or talking softly.   
  • Smile and make eye contact with your child. Let your child know that everything is ok.   
  • Hold a small child firmly on your lap whenever possible while they receive the shot.   

For more information, including how to support children during their vaccine visit, see sf.gov/news/sf-ready-roll-out-covid-19-vaccines-5-11-year-olds.

Are the vaccines safe and effective for younger children?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have both approved the COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 years and older. 

Results show the benefits of getting children vaccinated outweigh the risks of possible side effects, and the vaccine is 91% effective for preventing severe illness in children. Families are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor if they have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 vaccines for children and youth. 

Source: San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) Town Hall on COVID Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11

What are the side effects of the pediatric vaccine?

Most side effects are relatively minor: 

  • Most common were sore arm, tiredness, and headache
  • Other common side effects include: fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, fever or chills, nausea, and muscle aches
  • Severe allergic reactions are rare

Families are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor if they have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 vaccines for children and youth. 

Source: San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) Town Hall on COVID Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11

This page was last updated on June 21, 2022