Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available

 
Call 444-KIDS
(631-444-5437) for patient appointments 

Stony Brook Children's is offering Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11. 

Stony Brook Children’s is offering the pediatric COVID vaccine to their patients ages 5 through 11. To book an appointment call 631.444.KIDS (5437). 

The pediatric COVID vaccine is also available to the public at Stony Brook University Research and Development Park on the following days and times: 

  • Saturdays, 8 am-6 pm 
  • Sundays, 8 am-noon 
  • Tuesdays, 8 am-6 pm 
  • Wednesdays, 8 am-6 pm 

Visit the New York State Am I Eligible website for more information and to make an appointment.

Q&A

Sharon Nachman, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital talks about why parents should be vaccinating their children. Dr. Nachman directed the Pfizer trials for children aged 6 months to 11 years old at Stony Brook Medicine's Advanced Specialty Care in Commack.

 

ESTIMATED BENEFITS

For every million doses of vaccine given to children ages 5-11

 

  • 58,204 cases COVID can be prevented
  • 226 hospitalizations can be prevented
  • 132 Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) cases can be prevented
  • 72 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admissions can be prevented

To schedule a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine

Call (631) 444-5437

Do children get the same vaccine as adults?

The Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been tested and approved for use in children aged 5-11. While it is the same formulation as the adult vaccine, it has a lower dose and is more appropriate for children’s lower body mass. 

Like the adult vaccine, it is given in two doses, three weeks apart. While some children may experience similar short-term side-effects like aches or fever as adults did, they have them at much lower rates than adults.

Can my child get the vaccine if they already had COVID?

Yes, your child should get the vaccine even if they had COVID.  Data shows that children who previously tested positive for COVID will have a stronger immune response to the vaccine as compared to some who never had COVID. A very important reason why children should get the vaccine is that with waning immunity after natural infection, they will continue to be at risk for getting COVID again. 

Can my child get a COVID vaccination as well as a flu shot this year?

The CDC recommends that both the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine can be given at the same time. The flu shot protects your children and your family from getting the flu, the flu shot can prevent the flu and can also make getting the flu less severe.  Experience with giving vaccines together has shown that the way our bodies develop protection and possible side effects are generally similar whether vaccines are given alone or with other vaccines.  Please call (631)444-5437 (KIDS) to schedule your child’s flu shot and COVID vaccine today.

If you have concerns about getting both vaccines at the same time, you should speak with a health care provider.

 SOURCE: cdc.gov

Why are we vaccinating kids if COVID-19 is less dangerous for them?

Leaving children out of the vaccination equation increases their risk of getting sick with COVID. It also increases the risk of them bringing the infection home to their family and friends, even while asymptomatic. Although COVID-19 is much less deadly for children than for adults, it isn’t without risk or significant impact. Many children across the country have been hospitalized and COVID related deaths of children have been reported. COVID also leads to other complicated medical issues for kids.  Since the beginning of the pandemic several thousand children have been hospitalized after being diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS)-C, and researchers still don’t understand its long-term impact. 

Has there been enough testing to know it is safe for small children?

The technology behind this vaccine has not been produced quickly, it has been in the pipeline for over ten years. Scientists have been working on a vaccine for Coronaviruses since 2003 when we saw our first novel coronavirus outbreak with SARS. 

Every step has been taken to keep this vaccine safe; from early testing to extensive trials. The vaccine is safe, effective and our best chance of protecting ourselves, our family and our friends. 

The CDC recommends the Pediatric COVID 19 Vaccine for children 5-11 years old. 

What about myocarditis that has been seen in young adults?

Myocarditis or inflammation of the heart muscle associated with COVID infection, happens at much higher rates and is a much more serious illness than the very infrequent myocarditis seen after vaccination. Myocarditis seen after vaccination occurs at a rate of 4 cases per 100,000 in people ages 12-29 while up to 10% of children hospitalized with COVID have evidence of cardiac inflammation. In addition myocarditis seen after vaccination is mild, routinely treated with an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen and has no long term complications.