Keeping Your Kid Safe: COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

Get Your Child Vaccinated
Make an appointment for your child's COVID-19 vaccine.
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Call 434.297.4829

COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months and up have been given "Emergency Use Authorization" by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Here's what you should know.

Where can my child get vaccinated?

We're offering all approved vaccines and booster doses to patients ages 12+ at all UVA pharmacy locations.

For patients ages 5-11, vaccines and boosters are available at the Education Resource Center pharmacy or at your child's pediatric clinic. Call your child's clinic for availability and to schedule an appointment.

For children under the age of 5, vaccines are available to current patients at Northridge PediatricsOrange Pediatrics, and in select locations in the Battle Building.

Anyone under the age of 18 must come with a parent or legal guardian. 

To find a vaccination center anywhere in the United States, please visit VaccineFinder. You could also contact a local doctor or pharmacy.

How can I book an appointment for my child’s vaccination?

To make an appointment for your child’s first COVID-19 shot, call your child's health care provider. If your child is older than 5, you can also call 434.297.4829 or use MyChart to schedule an appointment.

Are walk-ins allowed?

No. Appointments are required. Call 434.297.4829 to schedule the first dose.

Do we need to bring anything with us to the appointment?

No. You’ll just need to confirm your child’s name and date of birth. You won’t be asked to show ID for you or your child.

Can we go home right after my child gets their shot?

We ask everyone to wait 15 minutes after their shot. If your child has known allergies, we’ll ask that they wait 30 minutes. That way we can monitor them for any allergic reactions.

If they do have an allergic reaction, we can help immediately. Allergic reactions are very rare.

How many shots will my child get?

Contact your child's healthcare provider to see which vaccine they are offering.

Should my child get vaccinated if they’ve already had COVID-19?

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and up. That includes children who have already had COVID. Vaccination after infection provides further protection.

If your child currently has COVID, please wait until after their isolation time to get them vaccinated. Talk with your child's healthcare provider if you have any questions about when to get them vaccinated after infection.

My child is afraid of needles. Can you help them feel comfortable with getting a shot?

Talk to the team at the vaccination center when you get here. Let them know that your child fears needles. Our experienced team can help meet your child’s specific needs.

My child has a history of severe allergies (anaphylaxis) to vaccines. Should they still get the COVID-19 shot?

If your child has had an allergic reaction to a vaccine before, talk with your child’s doctor first. You can also talk to a UVA Health allergy specialist.

If you do decide to schedule an appointment, we’ll monitor your child for 30 minutes instead of 15. Our team is equipped to handle a severe allergic reaction if it happens.

If your child does have a severe allergic reaction to the first dose, you should talk to their doctor before the second one.