The Pfizer COVID vaccine has been approved for 5 to 11 year olds. You can schedule your child for an appointment at a Vermont State site by going to this website. (If using a Mac computer the State website requires using Safari and will not work with Chrome).
Up-to-date information is available at the State's website.
Given the availability of COVID vaccines at State sites we are no longer offering that service at our office.
Vaccinations are now available for all adults and children over the age of 5.
Specifically, the Pfizer vaccine is currently the only one licensed for use in youth ages 5 to 18. The studies on this vaccination in children in this age group have shown that it is both effective and well-tolerated in the short run. Although long-term studies are not available, given the sophistication and track record of vaccine science, it is very unlikely that any significant late side-effects will result. Certainly receiving the vaccine will be far safer than getting COVID infection. The long-term ramifications of the COVID infection remain to be fully understood but we do know that some children suffer significant health effects.
If you desire a COVID vaccine for your child, an appointment can be scheduled through the Department of Health.
COVID19 vaccination is approved and safe for mothers who are breastfeeding and for pregnant women.
For the most up-to-date recommendations, please check out:
From the Vermont Agency of Education and Department of Health:
The Delta variant of this virus has changed the game, for the U.S. and here in Vermont. Nonetheless, the vaccines are doing what they are designed to do — prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
The vaccines are estimated to have saved some 279,000 lives and prevented 1.25 million hospitalizations (according to a study led by Yale School of Public Health). That’s pretty amazing to consider.
With the original coronavirus, it was estimated that each infected person could be expected to spread it to as many as two or three additional people. With the Delta variant, the CDC estimates that, on average, each infected person may spread it to five or more people.
This means anyone who is unvaccinated — both people who have chosen not to get vaccinated AND children under 12 who cannot get vaccinated right now — are at greater risk of getting and spreading the virus.
Fully vaccinated people are highly protected from serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths. But some vaccinated people can still become infected and possibly spread the virus. We have a very powerful tool — vaccines that are highly effective at preventing the most serious outcomes of the COVID-19 virus, including against the Delta variant.
We have learned a great deal about the virus – an almost unprecedented amount – in the more than 18 months of this pandemic. Unfortunately, one key aspect we now know is that the virus continues to evolve. And right now, the most contagious version of it, the Delta variant, is firmly established in the U.S. and found in nearly all cases here in Vermont. Because it is so contagious – more than twice that of the original strain – it is quickly moving through our unvaccinated population, causing cases to rise and contributing to more community spread and outbreaks.
That means we are seeing cases and outbreaks in our communities again, in camps, workplaces, and other settings. Hospitalizations and the number of people in the ICU are rising again too. The majority are unvaccinated people.
The virus is also leading to some cases in vaccinated people, but again, those people are still protected from severe illness. Everyone who is eligible for vaccinations should get vaccinated as soon as possible — because that protection is how we can ensure people are safe and healthy.
There are about 75,000 people in the state who are not yet vaccinated – some because they are not yet eligible, but many who are. The so-called breakthrough cases are not a reason to not get vaccinated – in fact, it’s exactly the opposite.
If you are vaccinated, you are well protected from the worst outcomes, including from this variant. Yes, breakthrough cases do occasionally occur, and cases are generally mild. But vaccination provides you with an 8-fold lower risk of getting ill from Covid and a 25-fold lower risk of hospitalization and death.
People who have been vaccinated are far, far less likely to experience serious illness, hospitalization, or death if they do become infected. The majority of severe outcomes are almost exclusively in the unvaccinated. Here’s why: After vaccination, your body has new defenses to fight that infection. That’s why you are so much better protected.
The real danger of Delta is among those who are not vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated but could be, you are leaving yourself without protection to an often serious illness that has killed about 270 of our friends and loved ones.
The risk doesn’t stop there. People who are not vaccinated are the biggest drivers of virus spread, which allows for more cases, more outbreaks, more hospitalizations, and more deaths.
Getting your shot is very important if we are going to be able to slow the spread – to give the virus fewer people to infect to protect those who cannot get vaccinated, like infants and immunocompromised children, and to give the virus fewer chances to mutate into something even stronger and more contagious than the Delta variant.
Getting vaccinated is not about politics, it’s not an agenda. It is public health, medical science, plain and simple.
Please get vaccinated. We don’t want you to get sick, we don’t want you to end up in the hospital, and we certainly don’t want you to die.