(Updated May 14, 2021)
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.
All families with children 12 years old and older can now schedule appointments online to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at Children’s Wisconsin. The vaccine is free to families.
Please know that a parent or guardian must be present at the time of vaccination. While our current visitation policy at our clinic locations currently limits each child to have one caregiver at a visit, more than one parent or guardian can come for vaccination appointments if those additional adults plan to be vaccinated at the same time.
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 12 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.