COVID-19 Vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11

Content verified May 20, 2022

Take advantage of the many places to get vaccinations. Vaccines for ages 5 to 11 are distributed to local health departments, private medical practices and pharmacies in Maryland. Two thirds of the doses are provided by pharmacies and health care providers. About one third is provided by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). 

Children ages 5 to 11 get 2 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 3 weeks apart. The pediatric vaccine is specially packaged. It is NOT interchangeable with the Pfizer doses given to people age 12 and older.

Effective May 20, 2022, children ages 5 to 11 may receive booster shots. See booster shot details.

Many locations offer children’s appointments

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Check with your child’s health care provider

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Check school-based clinics

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Check with pharmacies

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Check County-run clinics

You must make an appointment for your child to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a County-run clinic. We cannot accept walk-ups—no exceptions. We plan our clinics’ vaccine supply so no leftover doses are wasted at the end of the day.

If you need technical help making your child’s appointment, call the COVID-19 Call Center at 240-777-2982 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). When online appointments are full, the Call Center does not have more appointments available.

Make a County-run clinic appointment

Our children’s clinics have vaccine doses for children ages 5 to 11. These clinics will have a small number of doses for people age 12 and older.

Prepare for your child’s appointment

Have your child wear clothing with easy access to the upper arm. We will ask them to roll up a sleeve to receive their vaccine dose.

Arrive no more than 15 minutes early for your child’s appointment. Every child with an appointment is guaranteed to get vaccinated during the clinic they were registered for.

Plan your bus trip to take transit to your child’s clinic. Ride On fares are free at least until July 2022.