Vaccines for children 5-11 and Boosters

Vaccines for children 5-11 and Boosters
Posted on 11/05/2021

Starting today, children between the ages of 5 and 11 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. Additionally, many fully vaccinated older adults are now eligible for a booster shot to prevent waning immunity. Check your eligibility below (or on my website) and make an appointment to get your booster today!

Our efforts over the last 19 months have been difficult but necessary, as California continues to maintain the lowest case rate in the entire country. However, as we move towards the winter holidays, the pandemic still poses a grave threat. Science has shown that vaccination continues to be the safest and most effective way to prevent COVID-19 and mitigate the most serious consequences of the disease, such as hospitalization and death.

These new recommendations were authorized by both the CDC and the FDA after extensive review. California took additional steps to ensure the safety of the new vaccine recommendations by requiring that they be reviewed by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, which independently reviewed and approved the safety and efficacy of the recommendations.

Vaccines for children ages 5 to 11

Where can my child get vaccinated?

Parents and caregivers have options when it comes to getting their children vaccinated. Check out our list of booster shot resources below—all of those sites are administering vaccines for children. In addition, many school districts are working with county public health departments to hold vaccination clinics for students ages 5 to 11 throughout the month of November.

Schedule an appointment for your 5-11 year old with:

California has preordered 1.2 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, and 4,000 medical providers are ready to administer the shots.

Which vaccine can kids get?

Pfizer's pediatric COVID-19 vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently approved for children. The dosage is one-third of the adolescent and adult dose. To be fully vaccinated, children must receive two doses 21 days apart.


Who is eligible for booster vaccinations?

If you received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, a booster dose is recommended if you:

  • Received your second dose at least six months ago, and
  • Are 65 or older, or
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings, or
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions, or
  • Age 18+ who are at increased risk due to social inequity, or
  • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings, including school staff and first responders.

If you received a Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine, a booster dose is recommended if you:

  • Received your first dose of the J&J vaccine at least 2 months ago, and
  • Are 18 or older
  • *All people ages 18 years and older who received a J&J COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months ago should get a booster shot because the J&J COVID-19 vaccine has lower vaccine effectiveness over time compared to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna).

Where can I get a booster shot?

  • is California's statewide vaccine scheduling website.
    • Click here to find a walk-in clinic or make an appointment today. Booster doses of all three COVID-19 vaccine brands are now available.
  • Santa Clara County
    • Find a drop-in site or make an appointment at a Santa Clara County vaccine location by clicking here.
  • San Mateo County
    • Find a nearby vaccine clinic in San Mateo County by clicking here. Sign up via MyTurn or register on site. Appointments are preferred but not required. 
  • Healthcare Providers:
    • Kaiser Permanente
      • Kaiser is offering appointments at many of their facilities. Click here to make an appointment.
    • Sutter Health (Palo Alto Medical Foundation)
      • Click here to book your primary vaccine series or third doses. 
  • Pharmacies:
    *This is a great opportunity to get your flu shot and booster in one trip!

Which vaccine should I get?

You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. The CDC's recommendations now allow for mixing and matching dosing for booster shots. Booster doses of all three COVID-19 vaccine brands are now widely available in California.

Not yet eligible for a booster?

According to the CDC, additional populations may be recommended to receive a booster shot as more data becomes available. The COVID-19 vaccines approved and authorized in the United States continue to be effective at reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death. Experts are looking at all available data to understand how well the vaccines are working for different populations. This includes looking at how new variants, like Delta, affect vaccine effectiveness.

More questions? Check out the California Department of Public Health's helpful vaccine booster FAQ website by clicking here

Stay well and be safe.


Marc Berman
Assemblymember, 24th District

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