By Don Herrington, Arizona Department of Health Services
I’m glad to hear that so many parents are planning to vaccinate their children under the age of 5 against COVID-19.
Among other age groups, vaccines have been safe and extremely effective in preventing serious illness.
COVID-19 vaccination is now recommended for anyone starting at 6 months of age.
For parents of those younger than 3 years, the best place to seek COVID-19 vaccination is your child’s health care provider.
This is because retail pharmacies are able to vaccinate at age 3 and older.
If your child’s healthcare provider does not currently offer COVID-19 vaccination, they may be able to refer you to a provider who does.
Here are some other options for parents of children under 3:
- Our Vaccine Finds on azhealth.gov/FindVaccine has filters that allow you to see providers that offer vaccines for children as young as 6 months.
- Your local health department will have information on clinics that can vaccinate children under 3 years of age. Maricopa County Public Health offers vaccines for children as young as 6 months at its public health clinics. Its multilingual CARES team is available for questions at 602-506-6767 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Pima County also offers vaccines for children as young as 6 months at public health clinics. Appointments are recommended, but not required, at its clinics, whose locations, opening hours and telephone numbers can be found at pima.gov/covid19vaccine.
- Our bilingual Spanish and English COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 844-542-8201 (select option 8 to speak with a navigator) can connect you to local vaccination clinics funded by our Health Equity Office, which offers vaccinations to individuals as low as 6 months.
- Federally qualified health centers offer vaccination to the youngest children. You can find one near you by visiting aachc.org/find-a-community-health-center.
Editor’s note: Don Herrington is interim director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. He has been in the agency since 2000. Visit azdhs.gov.