All families with children 5 years old and older can now schedule appointments online to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Children's Wisconsin.
For added convenience and protection, if your child has not yet received their flu shot, they can receive both at the same time. With the additional risk of COVID-19 in our community, it's more important than ever to keep your child safe as possible and avoid any hospital stays by getting a flu vaccination.
Directions for scheduling the second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine will be given when your child receives their first dose.
Please know that a parent or guardian must be present at the time of vaccination. Our current visitation policy at our clinic locations allow two caregivers per child at a visit, so both parents or guardians can also be vaccinated at the same time.
The COVID-19 vaccine is the greatest hope we have for our community to overcome the pandemic and return to normal activities. While children don't typically get as sick or have as serious of symptoms compared to adults, the new variants of the COVID-19 virus are more easily spread by children to adults. By having our children vaccinated, we prevent the virus from further infecting our community.
Until all members of a family are vaccinated, we encourage the family to practice all necessary safety precautions, including wearing a mask, washing your hands thoroughly and often, and social distancing when out of their home.
Which COVID-19 vaccine is right for my child?
The only vaccine currently approved for children 5 years old and older is the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Children's Wisconsin only offers the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. If you are considering scheduling the vaccine for your child at a location other than Children's, confirm they are offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
To find other vaccine locations outside of Children's Wisconsin, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Children's Wisconsin addresses common vaccine questions
While many families are eager for their kids to get vaccinated, we understand some parents have questions. We know everyone wants to make the best choices for their kids, and it can be hard to know how to evaluate things you are reading or hearing from friends and family members. Our pediatric experts routinely share information about COVID-19 and the vaccine to ensure families can make an informed decision. Below are two resources to help you in your decision:
- COVID-19 vaccinations: what they mean for kids, and myths (video)
- Addressing fears of the COVID-19 vaccine and kids (blog)
We also encourage you to have a conversation with your child's pediatrician to address particular questions you and your child may have.