Health Department releases info on COVID vaccines for children

Published 3:41 pm Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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The following was released by the Stanly County Health Department:

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 has received final approval for administration. Stanly County Health Department, as well as a limited number of local healthcare providers, will be providing this vaccine in the first wave of distribution.

Vaccine inventory will be limited during the first few weeks of availability but is expected to increase. Below are answers to frequently asked questions.

Why should I get my child vaccinated against COVID-19?

COVID-19 vaccines protect your child from serious illness. The risks of serious side effects from the vaccine are far less than the risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

Does the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children age 5-11 require two doses?

Yes, the second dose will be scheduled at the time of your appointment for a time at least 21 days after the initial dose.

Are children required to wait 15 minutes for observation after their vaccination?

Yes, please make plans to stay for at least 15 minutes in the observation area. Children who have experienced allergic reactions to other vaccines may be asked to stay in observation for 30 minutes.

Is the Pfizer vaccine for ages 5-11 the same as the Pfizer vaccine for those age 12 and older?

The dose for ages 5-11 is smaller than the dose for individuals ages 12 and older. Pfizer approved for ages 12 and older cannot be administered to children ages 5-11. Pfizer for ages 5-11 is shipped separately from Pfizer for ages 12 and older and is packaged in an orange vial to differentiate it from other vaccines.

What side effects can I expect my child to experience from this vaccine?

Side effects for children ages 5-11 were comparable to those seen in the 12+ age group: a temporarily sore arm, headache and being tired or achy for a day or so.

Where can I find more information about COVID-19 vaccine for children?

Visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services at

To schedule an appointment call the COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 980-323-0205 or visit to find a location near you.