COVID-19 Vaccination for Children 5-11 years old

On November 2, the CDC recommended that children age 5-11 get a COVID-19 vaccine, expanding pediatric vaccine eligibility to all children and adolescents age 5 and older.

The CDC recommends that children and adolescents age 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for children and adolescents age 5 and up, as a 2-dose series taken 3 weeks apart. The dose for children age 5-11 is one-third of the dosage of the vaccine for older adolescents and adults.

Vaccination is the best way to protect children age 5 and older from COVID-19. COVID-19 has become one of the top 10 causes of pediatric death, and tens of thousands of children and teens have been hospitalized with COVID-19. While children and adolescents are typically at lower risk than adults of becoming severely ill or hospitalized from COVID-19, it is still possible.

The vaccine is safe and effective. Before being authorized for children, scientists and medical experts completed their review of safety and effectiveness data from clinical trials of thousands of children. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was rigorously tested and reviewed, and more than 11 million adolescents ages 12-17 have already received the COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information about the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children age 5-11:

Talk to your child’s healthcare provider if you have questions about getting your child vaccinated against COVID-19. It is safe to receive COVID-19 vaccines at the same time as the flu vaccine and other vaccinations.

Where your child may get vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine: 

Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year olds are being distributed to local health departments, pediatric healthcare providers, and retail pharmacies.

The Talbot County Health Department is receiving ​​limited supply of this vaccine. ​ Therefore, we are only offering COVID-19 vaccine to Talbot residents at this time. See below for links to sign your child up for an appointment at an upcoming clinic. We will be posting additional clinic dates and times after we are allocated additional quantities of vaccine each week​​. Check this page or our Facebook feed for updates. 

Check with your child’s healthcare provider about when they will offer COVID-19 vaccination. All pediatric offices in Talbot County are expected to receive COVID-19 vaccine. 

Check with local pharmacies to see if vaccination appointments for children are available. The pharmacies in Talbot County that have received Pfizer previously include CVS, Giant, Walmart and RiteAid, and they may plan to receive the 5-11 year old Pfizer vaccine product.

Upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics for 5-11 year olds:
​Sign up at these links:

For additional vaccine availability for this age group, please contact your pediatric provider or go to  COVIDVAX.MARYLAND.GOV OR ​VACCINES.GOV

Appointments at local retail pharmacies may be made at: 
Registration tips:

  • ​​​ Click the Spanish button in the top right corner to complete the registration in Spanish.
  • Only the required fields (marked with a red star*) should be completed.
  • We are not billing for this service, so please just select your insurance type (private, none, Medicaid, etc).
  • If you do not have an email, you can use a friend or family member’s email address, or write ““. If you have an email, please type it carefully. You will receive confirmation and follow up emails at this email address.
  • Complete all the health questions on all registration screens.
  • If you have more than one child and want to register them at the same time, after completing the health questions for child #1, select the purple button at the bottom marked “Save and Add a Child/Dependent.” You can add multiple children for the same appointment time and complete the registration and consent for all children.
  •  After you register, please watch your email for a message confirming your appointment.
  • You must wear a face mask while in the vaccination clinic, as it is considered a medical facility.
  • Please bring a photo ID to the clinic. If you do not have one, you can sign an affidavit.
  • You can schedule your child’s second dose at the clinic when they receive their first dose.
  • Get your digital vaccine card for free from VaccineChe​ck​.
  • Call our COVID Vaccine Call Center at 410-819-5641 for assistance.