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COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for children ages 6 months and older. In addition, children age 5 to 11 who completed their primary vaccination series 5 or more months ago are eligible for a booster dose. Please review this page for the latest information and tips so you can plan for your child's COVID-19 vaccination experience.
COVID-19 vaccines continue to be remarkably effective in reducing the risk of severe disease and hospitalization, even against the widely circulating Omicron sub-variant.
Where To Go
Most COVID-19 vaccine providers in Marin County are providing pediatric COVID-19 vaccines. Marin County Public Health strongly recommends parents/guardians contact their child's pediatrician to discuss vaccination options and make an appointment, especially if their child is due for another routine pediatric vaccination.
- Healthcare Providers (your doctor, pediatrician or family physician)
- Medical Clinics (Marin Community Clinics, Coastal Health Alliance)
- Kaiser Permanente
- Marin County Public Health vaccine sites
- Retail Pharmacies
NOTE: Appointments are strongly encouraged. Not all providers offer drop-in vaccinations: walk-ups are available on a limited basis as supply allows. The pediatric formula of COVID-19 vaccines is different than the vaccine for people 12 & older: not all clinics will over vaccines for infants and young children.
Preparing to Child Vaccinated for COVID-19
Please read the following information carefully to help you prepare for your child’s vaccine.
Schedule An Appointment
Vaccine appointments are strongly recommended. There is strong demand for the vaccine and not all vaccine locations will allow walk-ins. If possible, plan ahead. Rest assured, everyone who wishes to have their child vaccinated will have an opportunity to make an appointment in the coming days and weeks.
Preparing for Your Visit:
When preparing for your child’s appointment, be sure to plan ahead! Know what you need to bring to make it a smooth experience for both you and your child.
- Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Some sites may require proof of age for the child being vaccinated. A birth certificate is acceptable.
- Help ease your child’s pain or anxiety and consider bringing their favorite toy, book or distraction.
- Talk to your child before vaccination about what to expect.
- It is not recommended you give pain relievers before vaccination to try to prevent side effects.
- Tell the doctor or nurse about any allergies your child may have.
- After your child’s COVID-19 vaccination, you will be asked to stay for 15–30 minutes so your child can be observed in case they have a severe allergic reaction and need immediate treatment.
- Completion of a primary vaccination series requires two doses and two appointments. When your child gets the first dose, the provider should schedule the second appointment.
Public Health Briefings:
Marin County Public Health, Marin County Office of Education and local pediatricians are holding a series of online meetings to help answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines for children.
November 3 - English
Panel features: Dr. Nelson Branco (Pediatrician, Tamalpais Pediatrics); Dr. Matt Willis (Public Health Officer, Marin Health & Human Services); Dr. Lisa Santora (Deputy Public Health Officer, Marin Health & Human Services); Ken Lippi (Marin County Office of Education).
October 20 – Español
Panel features: Dr. Peter Simon (Lead Health Information Clinician, Marin Community Clinics), Dr. Nicolas Mottola (Pediatrician, Kaiser Permanente), Dr. Lisa Santora (Deputy Public Health Officer), Karina Arambula (Epidemiologist, Marin County Health and Human Services); and Lucia Martel-Dow (Board Trustee, San Rafael City Schools and Director, Immigrant Legal Resource Center).
October 13 – English
Panel features: Dr. Theodore Ruel (Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UCSF), Dr. Tara Greenhow (Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Kaiser), Dr. Matt Willis (Public Health Officer for Marin County), and Mary Jane Burke (Superintendent of Marin County Schools).
Vaccine Approval Status:
Pediatric vaccine administration in Marin County began in early November of 2021 after a three-step approval process by state and federal regulatory agencies. This multi-step process ensures data related to the vaccine is carefully reviewed and vaccine administration is deemed safe prior to approval.
The first required step in the process is for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). This occurred on October 29.
The second required step is a review and authorization by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices discussed the matter on November 2 and issued a recommendation. The Director of the CDC reviewed each agencies' recommendation alongside data presented by Pfizer and finally gave her approval of the vaccine's authorization for pediatric recipients. This occurred on November 2.
The final step involved review and approval by the Western States Scientific and Safety Review Workgroup. This occurred on November 3, paving the way for COVID-19 pediatric vaccinations to begin in California and Marin County.
A third primary series dose for certain immunocompromised children 5 through 11 years of age was approved on January 6.
June, 19 2022: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were granted authorization for young children (ages 6 months to 4 years of age) in the state.
May 20, 2022: California Department of Public Health (CDPH) aligned with another recommendation from the FDA, CDC, and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 for 5 to 11 year old's. Marin County Public Health has aligned with CDPH and now offers boosters for this new age group.