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May 20, 2022 update: Everyone 5 years+ should get a booster shot

Children ages 5-11 are now eligible for booster shots. Not all vaccination locations will be ready immediately to give booster shots to this age group. Please check ahead about availability before going to a vaccination location. Children's boosters will be available at Public Health's Auburn vaccination site starting Saturday, 5/21 and Bellevue/Eastgate site starting Monday, 5/23 (appointments encouraged in the first week). Visit Getting vaccinated in King County for vaccine locations and appointments.

First booster shots (5 years+)
Everyone ages 5 and older should get a booster dose to be fully protected:

  • Five months after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna (NOTE: Immune compromised people may have more doses. Get a booster 3 months after the last dose in your primary series.)
  • Two months after one dose of J&J

Second booster shots
People who should get second booster shots of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines:

Also eligible:

  • 18 and older who received J&J for their primary and booster doses

If you are eligible, you can get the second booster at least four months after your first booster.

Information for parents, caregivers, youth, schools, and organizations about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Video: Is the vaccine safe for kids?

View other videos with pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Danielson on our vaccine resources page.

Information and resources about:

Everyone age 5 years and older is currently eligible for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination.

When you schedule your appointment, make sure that they offer Pfizer vaccine that has been authorized for ages 5-17.

Children under 5 not yet eligible

At this time, COVID-19 vaccines are not authorized for children younger than 5 years old. Clinical trials are in process for younger children and the FDA is currently reviewing data on the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine for children younger than 5. We do not know yet when children under 5 will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Document to confirm age: state, tribe, or federal-issued identification, birth certificate, school ID or school or medical paperwork with name and date of birth can be used.
  • Wear short sleeves or loose-fitting sleeves that are easy to roll up so that you can get vaccinated in your upper arm.
  • Authorized adult consent: If you are younger than 18 years old, you may need consent from an authorized adult to get the vaccine. You can consent for yourself if you are emancipated, married to an adult, or the vaccine site determines you are a mature minor. Not all vaccine sites are able to make mature minor determinations.
  • Authorized adults who may consent for minors include:

    • Adult who has court permission to make health care decisions for you (legal guardian, custodian, out-of-home placement order)
    • Parent
    • Adult who has your parent's written permission to make health care decisions for you
    • Adult relative responsible for your health care
    • In some circumstances, a school nurse, school counselor, or homeless student liaison

    If an authorized adult will not attend the vaccine appointment with you, check with your vaccine provider about requirements for showing proof of authorized adult consent or legal emancipation.

View Section 5 of the COVID-19 FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5 through 11.

Outreach Toolkits for Organizations: Resources to help families with questions COVID-19 and vaccine for kids 5 to 11 (PDF)

This toolkit (in English and Spanish) is to help community and faith organizations, childcare providers, and schools answer common questions about COVID vaccination and protecting children. Includes links to videos, flyers, social media graphics, and other resources, and also tips on how organizations can use these resources.

COVID-19 vaccination for ages 5‑17 (PDF)

Vaccine sites for youth with disabilities (PDF)

Public Health – Seattle & King County COVID-19 Vaccine Minor Consent Form (PDF)

This form is used at Public Health – Seattle & King County vaccination sites, including the Auburn and Kent Vaccination Partnership Sites and Public Health clinics. If an authorized adult will not attend the vaccine appointment with you, this form can be used as written consent. Public Health staff can also accept verbal consent over the phone or a written note from an authorized adult. If your vaccine appointment is not at a Public Health site, check with your vaccine provider about requirements for showing proof of authorized adult consent or legal emancipation.

  How can I get the COVID-19 vaccine in King County?

In accordance with Federal civil rights law, Public Health – Seattle & King County does not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of an individual’s protected class, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, and marital status. If you have a complaint and wish to file a grievance, or have a question about possible discrimination, please contact the King County Civil Rights Program at; 206-263-2446; TTY Relay 7-1-1; or 401 5th Ave, Suite 800, Seattle, WA 98104.

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