Last Updated: December 9, 2021
COVID 19 Vaccinations are now available for children 5-11 years old. Vaccinations are a key next step in fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic and providing safety to children and their families. For the latest information on COVID's impact on the pediatric population, you can reference the American Academy of Pediatrics Report: https://www.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/children-and-covid-19-state-level-data-report/
What do we know about the COVID vaccine for children 5-11 years old?
- Pfizer vaccination is available for children 5-11.
- Pfizer completed clinical trials on 2,268 children aged 5-11.
- The vaccination for children 5-11 years old contains one-third of the dosage of the vaccinations for patients 12 and older.
- Children in the trials had their antibody levels tested 1 month after receiving both dosages of the vaccine and it showed a strong immune response in these children.
- The vaccine was well-tolerated and children experienced mild side effects including fatigue, fever, and muscle aches.
Please See Below for COVID Vaccine Guidelines:
Because my child has food allergies, should they not get the vaccine?
Food allergic individuals are not excluded from getting the COVID-19 vaccine. If your child has a history of reactions to vaccinations, please consult your pediatrician prior to vaccinating your child. If your child has an autoimmune disease or immune system disorder, please consult your immunologist prior to vaccinating your child.
What should I do if my child has a fever after the vaccine?
If your child is experiencing side effects such as fever, you may treat with Motrin and Tylenol on a rotating schedule as needed to keep the fever under control. If your child has a fever that lasts over 24 hours you should follow up with your pediatrician.
How do I deal with medications, maintenance foods, and treatment foods in TIP™ after getting the vaccine?
We have established the following adjustments to dosing schedules around the time of vaccination:
Your child may continue their daily anti-histamine and nasal spray if they are on one.
Your child may skip SLIT, maintenance, and treatment foods the day of the vaccination and the day following the vaccination.
If your child does not have any residual symptoms or side effects, you may resume dosing where you left off.
It is best not to up-dose the day after skipping two days. Please plan the vaccination timing so you are able to complete at least two more doses on the current dose before up-dosing.
If you have any questions, please reach out to us at TIPhelp@tpirc.org.