COVID-19 Immunization Resources

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

Please click on the link below for the most up to date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/children-teens.html

FACT: The FDA approved the Pfizer 2 dose (3 weeks apart) vaccine for children 5-18 years old. The vaccine study was done by a Children’s Hospital in the United states, and the side effects were no different for these kids than the adults.

FACT: The risk of contracting COVID-19 is much lower than an adult, and the risk of getting very ill with it is low as well. The vaccine protects you and also prevents you from giving it to another person in your family that might be at higher risk because of their own health.

The highest risk groups (like with the adults) are:

  1. Kids with high BMIs (obesity)
  2. Kids with asthma
  3. Kid with chronic cardiac conditions
  4. Kids with chronic neurologic conditions
  5. Kids that have known immune issues
  6. Boys>Girls

Common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are:

  1. Soreness or redness at the site of injection
  2. Muscle soreness near the site of injection
  3. Flu-like symptoms such as HA, fatigue, general muscle aches – often for about three days

YOU are IMMUNE: 2 weeks after the second dose. The rate of immunity is about 95%, which means that there is a 5% chance of getting COVID-19 after being vaccinated, and if you do, it will probably be very mild (this is much better than the annual flu vaccine).

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Vaccination is available to Maine residents and non-residents alike. Individuals should bring their identification and their insurance card, if they have one. Minors must have parental consent and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Wear loose clothing that provides easy access to your upper arm.