Get your COVID-19 Vaccine. All Delawareans 5 and older are now eligible.

On November 2, 2021, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices  authorized the use of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for ages 5 to 11. The CDC’s recommendations followed the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s approval to expand the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to allow for the Pfizer vaccine to be administered to children in this age group.

The Division of Public Health has notified medical providers that they may begin administering the vaccine to this age group as soon as they are able.

Delaware has the capacity to ultimately vaccinate all 77,000 children in this age group.

The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine is now approved for Children 5 and older.

Differences Between Adult and Pediatric Vaccine

  • Different colored caps (adult Pfizer cannot be used for pediatric patients)
    • Pediatric – orange
    • Ages 12+ – purple
  • Pediatric dose (10 mcg) is 1/3 the adult dose (30 mcg)
  • Addition of tri-sucrose, an inactive ingredient used in other vaccines making it easier to dilute and stabilize in a refrigerator
  • Can be stored in refrigerator for up to 10 weeks

Pfizer for ages 5-11


Clinical Trial Data

  • Several studies were conducting on 5,000 children from 5-to-11-year-olds
  • Vaccine was determined to be safe
  • No severe vaccine-related side effects or dangerous allergic reactions
  • Though the trial group was small, there were no reports of myocarditis, or anaphylaxis
  • In a subset of the trial population (more than 3,000):
    • The vaccine was found to be more than 90% protective against developing symptomatic COVID
    • 11% of children had obesity and nearly 8% had asthma. Both groups appeared as well protected as children without the conditions
  • Of children who have gotten COVID-19, a large percentage have no underlying health conditions — so vaccination is important

Side Effects

As with any vaccine, there is a possibility of side effects. Side effects experienced by 5-to-11-year-olds were either similar to or fewer than those experienced by adults.

Side effects could include sore arms, fatigue, headaches, muscle pain, chills, and low grade fevers lasting a day or two.

Reducing potential side effects was one reason the dosage was lowered for those 5-11. Parents can give children acetaminophen, or ibuprofen after children have been vaccinated to minimize side effects (not before as it may affect how well the vaccine works). Discuss with children that they may not feel well a day or two after and that it is perfectly normal to experience these effects.


Where Can Children Get Vaccinated?

  • Pediatricians (including those through hospital systems; contact yours to see if they are offering the vaccine)
  • DPH Standing Vaccine Sites (Expanded hours to accommodate working families M-F 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. [from Nov. 8 to Nov. 19 — afternoon hours will be expanded to run from 1:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.]):
    • Blue Hen Corporate Center: 655 S. Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901
    • Georgetown Plaza: 19 Georgetown Plaza, Georgetown, DE 19947
    • Canby Park: 1920 Maryland Ave., Wilmington, DE 19805
    • University Plaza, 256 Chapman Road, Suite 100, Newark, DE 19702
  • Westside Family Healthcare:
    • Northeast – 908 16th St, Wilmington
      • Thursday: 8:30AM-11:30AM
    • Dover – 1020 Forrest Ave.
      • Tuesday: 10AM-4PM
    • Bear – 404 Fox Hunt Dr.
      • Wednesday: 1PM-5:30PM
    • 4th Street – 1802 W 4th St, Wilmington
      • Thursday: 1PM-7PM
    • Newark – 27 Marrows Road
      • Wednesday: 8:30AM-11:30AM
  • Pharmacies (supply may initially be limited in some national pharmacies)

Get More COVID Data

For more data on Delaware COVID cases, testing and outcomes, including demographic breakdowns, go to My Healthy Community