Sulzbacher is offering COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 6 months and up by appointment only at their Village Pediatric Health Center, located at 5455 Springfield Blvd. Call 904.394.4958 to make an appointment.
Will children get the same dose as adults? No. Children receive a fraction of the adult dose. It will be administered using smaller needles, designed specifically for children.
What are potential side effects of the vaccine?
According to the CDC, immediately after the shot, children may feel the mild side effects listed below. These side effects are normal, and are signs the body is building protection against the virus.
Redness or swelling at the injection site
What are the risks of not being vaccinated?
Though children typically do not get as sick from COVID-19 as adults, severe illness requiring hospitalization and critical care does occur in some cases. Additionally, children who have had COVID-19 may develop a serious, potentially deadly condition called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), which can appear 4-6 weeks after infection, even in those who didn’t have symptoms. Children may also have lingering effects of a previous infection, known as Long COVID-19.
What are potential risks of the vaccine?
According to the CDC, rare cases of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the outer lining of the heart) have been reported in children ages 12-17 in the week following the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine: To date, 54 cases per 1,000,000 doses have been reported, which is .000054% (less than one-hundred thousandth of a percent). Though these cases are exceedingly rare, parents should contact their pediatrician if their child experiences chest pain, shortness of breath or heart palpitations following vaccination.
Face Coverings Not Required
In accordance with the latest guidelines from the CDC, universal masking is no longer required for patients, visitors and team members at Baptist Health and Wolfson Children's due to current low incidence of and low hospitalization rates for COVID-19 in our community.
Please talk to your child’s pediatrician about testing. Many local pediatricians offer COVID-19 testing in their offices during business hours, or can refer your child to another testing site in the area.
You can also find testing locations at these links:
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus, the virus family that causes the common cold. Its symptoms are similar to the flu:
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Repeated shaking with chills
New loss of taste or smell
Can COVID-19 affect children?
Yes, but based on current evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for the disease than adults. Current information also suggests that, generally, children are less likely to become severely ill with COVID-19 if they do become infected.
Are the symptoms of COVID-19 in children different from adults?
No. The symptoms of COVID-19 in adults and children are similar. In the limited number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in children, most have had mild, cold-like symptoms such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported.
What is MIS-C, and is my child at risk of developing it?
First, parents should feel reassured that multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is extremely rare, and survival rates are high. MIS-C is a condition that causes a range of symptoms in children who have been exposed to the coronavirus. Symptoms include:
Fever of 101 degrees or higher
Generalized skin rash, including on the lips, hands and feet
Signs of shock, including rapid breathing or heart rate, low blood pressure and change in mental status
Vomiting or diarrhea
Currently, there are no known risk factors, but most children affected are between the ages of 4 and 15 years old, and have no preexisting conditions. If your child is exhibiting signs of MIS-C, call your pediatrician right away. If your child is severely ill, take him or her to a Wolfson Children’s emergency room immediately.
If soap and water is not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used.
Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose or mouth, with your hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick (coughing or sneezing).
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
Launder items including washable plush toys as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
My child has a chronic illness. Is he or she at higher risk?
As with adults, it is possible that children with underlying health conditions and/or who are immunocompromised may be at higher risk.
These conditions include:
Chronic lung disease
Neurologic conditions such as muscle disorders
Treatment with medications that lower the immune system response
Which precautions should I take if my child does have a chronic health condition?
Parents and other caregivers should be extra vigilant about monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If your child demonstrates these symptoms, call your child’s health care provider for guidance about screening and treatment. As always, if your child is severely ill or is having another medical emergency, call 911 or head to your nearest emergency room. Visit wolfsonchildrens.com/emergency for a list of Wolfson Children’s Emergency Centers.
Other things to remember:
Continue your child’s current medical treatment plan unless otherwise advised by his or her primary treating physician.
Make sure your child’s prescriptions are refilled so you have at least a two-week supply of medication on hand.
If you’re unsure whether your appointment has been affected by COVID-19, please contact your provider.
Follow CDC recommendations concerning travel.
Practice social distancing, which means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
Ensure you have sufficient stock of prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, medical supplies, household items and groceries for the whole family.