FDA Recommends COVID-19 Vaccines Available to Children Ages 6 months and Older

Posted: July 5th, 2022 10:40 AM

Last Updated: July 5th, 2022 10:49 AM

On June 17th, 2022 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized emergency use of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include use in children as young as 6 months of age. You can read more about how the FDA determined the vaccines are safe and effective for our youngest children in their press release.

This is an important moment for our Head Start children. Children under 5 are the last to have COVID-19 vaccine access, leaving them vulnerable to the disease and subject to quarantine after exposure. COVID-19 has caused illness as well as weeks of missed school for too many children. Hundreds have lost their life. COVID-19 vaccines are one of the tools we use to keep our classrooms, home visits, and socializations safe. The safety and efficacy data show that the benefit of the vaccine for children and adults far outweighs the risk of side effects of the vaccine.

Learn More

This excellent collection of FAQs was written by pediatricians at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Their page also includes videos that explain how the vaccine was developed. If you have a question or concern about this or another immunization, your pediatrician and the Head Start Health Team are here to help. Call (510) 238-3165.

Ready to schedule?

In addition to the clinics below, your pediatrician may offer the vaccine in their office.

City of Oakland Head Start Vaccine Clinic

The City of Oakland Head Start will be hosting vaccine clinics for everyone 6 months and up. City of Oakland Head Start encourages families to come, get vaccinated, and receive information about services. No appointment is needed. The clinic is free. No insurance is needed.

Thursday, July 14, 2022 and Thursday, August 11, 2022

9AM - 1PM

Downtown Senior Center 200 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA

East Oakland Senior Center 9255 Edes Ave., Oakland, CA

Thursday, July 21, 2022 and Thursday, August 18th, 2022

9AM - 1PM

West Oakland Senior Center 1724 Adeline St., Oakland, CA

KinderCare Vaccination Site (Fremont)

KinderCare is offering free vaccine clinics. There is no appointment needed and Moderna is available for 6 months to 5 years of age and Pfizer is available for 5 years and older.

Saturday, July 23, 2022 and Saturday, August, 20, 2022

9AM - 1PM

KinderCare 38700 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont, CA

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Alameda County Public Health Department

For more information on providers offering the COVID-19 vaccine for ages 6 months to 4 years old, click here. (Click the drop down menu titled "Clinics at Health Care Partners" for site and appointment information.)