COVID-19 Vaccines

Update on COVID Vaccines for Children Ages 6 Months and Older

Updated December 20, 2022

The Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD) is now offering COVID vaccinations for children ages 6 months through 4 years of age. Call (913) 573-8815 to make an appointment.

The FDA and CDC recently expanded use of the updated (bivalent) COVID vaccine for children ages 6 months through 5 years old. Children ages 6 months to 5 years who previously completed a Moderna primary series are can receive a Moderna updated booster 2 months after their final primary series dose. Children 6 months to 4 years of age who are currently completing a Pfizer primary series will get a Pfizer bivalent vaccine as their third primary dose.

Shipments of updated (bivalent) COVID vaccines for children as young as 6 months old have not yet arrived at the UGPHD and may take time to arrive at other vaccine providers. In the meantime, children can receive the initial doses of their primary vaccination series if they haven't received them already.
 
Search for other COVID vaccine and booster locations near you at vaccines.gov.   

 

Information on COVID Vaccines & Boosters

COVID vaccines and boosters protect against serious illness, hospitalization, or death from COVID. Learn more about COVID vaccines and boosters below. Click here to check to see if you are up to date on your COVID vaccines and boosters.

  

Basic Information and Guidance

COVID vaccines and boosters protect against serious illness, hospitalization, or death from COVID. Anyone age 6 months and older is eligible to be vaccinated. After receiving the primary series of vaccines, many people are eligible to receive a booster dose to increase immunity that has waned over time and offer additional protection.

The CDC recommends that everyone who is eligible get vaccinated, and that everyone stay up to date with COVID vaccinations and boosters. Check to see if you are up to date on your COVID vaccines and boosters at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html

Types of COVID vaccines and boosters offered by the UGPHD

The Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD) offers Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines for people ages 5 and older. For families with children ages 6 months to 4 years old, the UGPHD recommends going to your pediatrician or primary healthcare for your child’s COVID vaccinations.

The UGPHD currently provides updated (bivalent) COVID boosters for eligible individuals ages 12 and older. The UGPHD is preparing to offer updated boosters for children ages 5 to 11 once booster shipments arrive for this age group.

The UGPHD provides COVID vaccines and boosters by appointment only. Call (913) 573-8815 to make an appointment.

How to find additional vaccine locations

To search for a COVID vaccine provider near you, go to vaccines.gov.

Additionally, the Health Equity Task Force and partner agencies offer free events throughout Wyandotte County with COVID testing, COVID vaccines, and other free resources and services. See calendar of upcoming events at: https://www.wycohetf.org/neighborhood-clinics  

Guidance for people with weakened immune systems

People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system) are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness and death. Additionally, their immune response to COVID-19 vaccination may not be as strong as in people who are not immunocompromised. If you are immunocompromised, you may need to receive more doses of COVID vaccine than someone who is not immunocompromised.

Learn more about COVID vaccines for people who are immunocompromised.