COVID-19 Vaccine Information
November 5, 2021
We are thrilled that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for children ages 5 to 11 under emergency use authorization.
Right now we are waiting for vaccine supply from the federal government and the state. In the meantime, our teams across Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) are working diligently to plan vaccine clinics that will begin next week. These clinics will be held at various D-HH locations and most patients will be able to schedule their appointments using myD-H.
D-HH encourages all families to have eligible children vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccines for children ages 5 to 11
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, among U.S. children, ages 5 to 11, there have been 1.9 million COVID-19 cases, 8,300 hospitalizations, 2,316 cases of multi-inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), and 94 deaths.
We now have an opportunity to keep our kids safe from an illness that is vaccine-preventable. While COVID-19 tends to be milder in children than adults, it can still make children very sick or cause them to be hospitalized.
COVID-19 vaccination is important to protect children from contracting the virus and possible complications from it. Vaccination of children also protects families and communities and helps children to return to a more normal lifestyle, including playdates, school, and after-school activities.
The FDA and CDC process for authorization
On October 29, 2021, the U.S. FDA authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to include children 5 through 11 years of age. The authorization was based on the FDA's thorough evaluation that included input from experts who overwhelmingly voted in favor of making the vaccine available to children in this age group.
On November 2, the CDC's advisory panel voted unanimously to recommend the use of the vaccine in this age group. The CDC followed with a formal recommendation that children ages 5 to 11 be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Watch this! Susanne Tanski, MD, answers your questions
On Wednesday, November 3, Susanne Tanski, MD, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock's (CHaD's) Pediatrician and Section Chief of General Pediatrics, provided an update about the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. You can watch it here.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for children
The vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children 5 to 11. It is important to note that during the trials, there were no severe cases of COVID-19 and no multi-inflammatory syndrome found in children who were vaccinated.
Getting a vaccine
Some D-HH locations will be hosting vaccine clinics for D-HH patients who are 5 to 11 years old on November 13.
These locations include:
Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital
Cheshire Medical Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC)
Other D-HH vaccine clinics:
Vaccine clinics are by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled starting at 3:00 pm today.
For the safety of our patients and staff, we ask that only one parent or caregiver come with the child to the vaccine appointment.
Please use your myD-H account to schedule your child's vaccine appointment.
If you or your child doesn't already have a myD-H account or proxy account, go to myD-H and click the Create an account button, or call 603-650-0499.
Please refer to this web page on the myD-H website to learn more about proxy accounts and how to create them.
Additional clinics will be held across the D-HH system in the coming weeks. Visit our website for details.
Appointments will be added to myD-H on an ongoing basis, so please check back if you don't see the availability you are looking for. In addition to D-HH, some schools, local health networks, and retail pharmacies are also offering COVID-19 vaccines for children.
Please visit our website for updates and detailed information about vaccine clinics for all ages.
We also encourage our patients and families to use all local and state resources, including retail pharmacies, to get their COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccine dosing for children ages 5 to 11
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 pediatric vaccine for younger children (5 to 11) has a lower dosage than for those 12 years and older: 10 micrograms for children ages 5 to 11, compared to 30 micrograms for those 12 and older.
Children ages 5 to 11 will still need to get the 2-shot series given at least 21 days apart. Vaccine researchers carefully explored a lower dose of vaccine to look for an immune response while trying to prevent side effects from the vaccination.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to our COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5 to 11 FAQ.