Individuals Age 5 and Older

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available to children age 5 and older in Kansas. A parent/guardian must sign the vaccine consent form for any child under the age of 18: dispenseassist.net/Covid.html or dispenseassist.net/spanish/Covid.html.

Children age 15 and younger receiving a COVID-19 vaccination must be accompanied by an adult. A parent/guardian is preferable; however, the parent/guardian may designate a non-parent adult on the consent form to be present at the time of vaccination if the parent/guardian is unavailable.

Where to Get a Vaccine

Vaccines are available through the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. Appointments must be made for first, second, additional or booster COVID-19 vaccines. JCDHE is not able to accommodate walk-ins for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Vaccines are also available at JCDHE's community vaccine clinics, through local health care systems and at local pharmacies.

Lost Vaccination Record Card?

If you received your COVID-19 vaccination from JCDHE, you can complete this form (English) or this form (Español) and return it to JCDHE via email, fax or regular mail. For medical record questions, email [email protected].

If you received your COVID-19 vaccine from another provider (i.e., doctor's office, pharmacy, out of state provider), please contact them directly for a copy of your records. JCDHE only has vaccination records for people who received their COVID-19 vaccine(s) at a JCDHE clinic.

How Do Children Ages 5-11 Get a Vaccine?

Why should I get my kids vaccinated?

Most cases of COVID-19 in children are not severe, but on occasion, COVID-19 can cause serious infections that require hospitalization. In rare instances, COVID-19 can be life-threatening to children. Nearly 100 children age 5-11 years in the U.S. have died from COVID-19.

The FDA found that the vaccine was very effective at preventing symptomatic illness in kids and there were no serious safety concerns. Once vaccinated, they will be at lower risk for COVID-19 infection and the long-term effects from COVID-19 such as MIS-C (inflammatory syndromes), which often requires intensive care at the hospital, or “long COVID,” in which symptoms can linger for months. 

We also know that children can spread COVID to others if they get infected. That’s particularly a worry when they are around higher-risk groups, like grandparents, other family members, or caregivers who may have medical conditions.

Vaccination will also help reduce some of the anxiety that children and adults have been feeling for almost two years now as we can feel more reassured having this critical level of protection.

When can my child get the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine?

On Nov. 2, the CDC approved the recommendations for the pediatric Pfizer vaccine, so those who are eligible can get vaccinated from any authorized provider as appointments become available.

JCDHE offers pediatric COVID-19 vaccines by appointment at its Mission clinic.

How many doses of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine are needed to be fully vaccinated?

Two doses of the pediatric Pfizer vaccine, three weeks apart, will be necessary for children to be considered fully vaccinated and protected from COVID-19 infection.

Children will be given a COVID-19 Vaccination Record card where the doses and dates are noted.

Do I need an appointment for a pediatric vaccine?

We recommend you reach out to your preferred vaccine provider and ask if an appointment is necessary. You can search for a nearby vaccine provider by visiting vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233

Appointments are required at JCDHE’s Mission vaccination clinic. Schedule a vaccination appointment here or call 913-715-2819.

Where can I get a pediatric dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for my child?

There is plenty of pediatric COVID-19 vaccine available in the United States, so you can get your child vaccinated at any location that is convenient for you. Contact your primary healthcare provider or search for a nearby vaccine provider by visiting vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233Schedule an appointment at one of JCDHE’s vaccination clinics or call 913-715-2819.

Is the pediatric vaccine different than the vaccine approved for those age 12 and older?

Yes. The Pfizer pediatric formulation will be different from the current Pfizer formulation for those age 12 and older. The dose is 10 micrograms for children age 5-11 years, while the dose is 30 micrograms for teens and adults. The ingredients are the same, but the dilution and packaging are different. The two formulations are NOT interchangeable. Doctors and nurses will get bottles with orange tops so that they know they have the right vaccine to give to younger kids.

What items do I need to bring with me to my vaccination appointment?

If you are getting vaccinated at a JCDHE clinic, you need to bring proof of your appointment (print or electronic version) and a completed and signed vaccine consent form. If you don’t have access to a printer, you can complete the vaccine consent form at the clinic. A parent/guardian must sign the vaccine consent form for any child under the age of 18. 

Children age 15 and younger receiving a COVID-19 vaccination must be accompanied by an adult. A parent/guardian is preferable; however, the parent/guardian may designate a non-parent adult on the consent form to be present at the time of vaccination if the parent/guardian is unavailable.

Is the vaccine safe and effective for children?

The Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccine was determined to be 90.7% effective against symptomatic COVID disease, and according to the FDA review of Pfizer data, there were no reports of myocarditis/pericarditis, anaphylaxis, or deaths. Mild to moderate local reactions (redness, swelling, pain at the injection site) were more common in children age 5-11 than those age 16-25. Systemic reactions (fever, fatigue, headache, muscle pain) were less common in children than those age 16-25. View the data here.

Data are limited for children in this age group with mild myocarditis, and voting members felt that further surveillance of myocarditis/pericarditis is needed. However, many members noted that myocarditis related to MIS-C from COVID infection leads to much higher rates of myocarditis than an mRNA vaccine.

More about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Can children get the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time?

Yes! Just like adults, it is safe to give children age 5 and older the influenza vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time.

What age is my child eligible for a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine?

Children age 5-11 years old are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine under Emergency Use Authorization. Children age 12-17 years of age also are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine formulated for adolescents and adults.

More information about CDC’s pediatric vaccination recommendation.

What side effects will children experience from the COVID-19 vaccine?

Common side effects of the pediatric COVID-19 are similar to what people 12 and older may experience: a sore arm where the shot was given, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain, fever, joint pain. Most of these side effects go away in 1-2 days.

If my child already had COVID-19, do they still need to get vaccinated?

The recommendation is that those previously infected should get vaccinated. Getting a vaccine, even for people who have already recovered from COVID-19, strengthens your immune response and provides better protection against variants of the virus.