COVID-19 Vaccine Information

(Updated 12/31/22)

COVID-19 vaccinations are the best way to prevent severe symptoms in you and your family.

The CDC recommends all children 6 months of age and older get vaccinated. 

 

FAQ's :

Why should young children be vaccinated? 

Children under 5 have had the highest hospitalization rate among children who have been infected with COVID. As we have seen with the older kids, vaccination reduces the risk of severe infection, hospitalization, and complications such as MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children). 

Should a child who has already had COVID get the COVID vaccine? 

Yes. Immune protection from infection may not be long-lasting and reinfection can occur.  

How long should my child wait after having COVID before getting a COVID vaccine? 

We recommend waiting at least a month to make sure the infection has resolved, and no complications arise. Since there is likely to be some short-term immunity, it is ok to wait 2-3 months before getting vaccinated. 

 

Where can I get my child vaccinated? 

We have the Moderna vaccine for children ages 6 months to 5 years here at Blue Fish Pediatrics. Call our office at 314-966-8500 to schedule a vaccine appointment for your child.

WashU/BJC has vaccination sites for the Moderna vaccine for children 4 and under. Locations include the Children's Specialty Care Centers in both West County and South County. They continue to offer the Pfizer vaccine for children 5 and older. BJC COVID vaccines

Walgreens vaccinates children 3 and over. They are offering Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children under age 5, depending on the location. They will continue to offer Pfizer vaccine to kids 5 and older. walgreens.com

CVS vaccinates children 18 months and older at their MinuteClinics. They are administering Pfizer vaccine. cvs.com

Information for other vaccination sites can be found at: vaccines.gov

 

Bivalent booster doses are recommended. To help you determine the time to get your booster vaccines, go to the CDC booster tool linked here: When to get a booster

 

Below are links to address some common questions regarding COVID-19 vaccines:

Ask the pediatrician: COVID-19 questions and answers

The Science Behind the COVID-19 Vaccine

How mRNA vaccines work

How mRNA COVID-19 vaccines were developed