COVID-19 Vaccine for American Indian and Alaska Native Children
Is your child vaccinated against COVID-19 variants?
The Association of American Indian Physicians is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among American Indian and Alaska Native children. Vaccines are safe, effective and available, now for our youngest generations.
Children ages 6 months and older are eligible for their primary COVID-19 doses and booster vaccines.
If your child hasn’t received a first dose vaccine or is eligible for a booster, contact your local Indian Health Service Clinic, pharmacy or doctor to schedule their COVID-19 or booster vaccine.
The Association of American Indian Physicians
Is your child vaccinated against COVID-19?
Vaccines are safe, effective and available to American Indians and Alaska Native children ages 6 months and older. Download the latest brochure on child vaccines.
Protect our next generation of leaders; protect our culture.
Vaccinated children help protect our families, our elders and our culture. Vaccines are a low-risk way to improve the health of individuals and the community. Vaccines are:
- Safe: Dr. Mary Owen calls vaccine research for children “extremely safe”. Significant research occurred before the CDC recommended vaccination for children and “no serious safety concerns” were identified.
- Effective: Even if a child or teen gets sick, vaccination can help keep them from serious illness.
- Available: Contact your local Indian Health Service Clinic, pharmacy, your doctor or your child’s pediatrician to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine.
IS MY CHILD ELIGIBLE FOR A COVID-19 BOOSTER SHOT?
As of current standards, most children are eligible for vaccines. Some children may be eligible for booster shots, as well.
- People ages 6 months through 17 years should get all COVID-19 primary series doses and, if eligible, the updated (bivalent) booster dose recommended by the CDC.
- Children that have received a (monovalent) booster may also be eligible for an updated (bivalent) booster.
- If it’s been more than 2 months since your child received their last COVID-19 vaccine dose, your child may be eligible for updated booster doses. Check the CDC website or with your American Indian Physician to stay up to date with your child’s boosters.
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Protecting American Indian and Alaska Native communities from COVID-19
Children make up 17.9% of all COVID-19 cases.* They can spread the virus to vulnerable community members and get sick from the virus themselves. Protecting your child from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated also protects your community.
*American Academy of Pediatrics, May 11, 2023
Native children have suffered a caregiver loss rate much higher than white children.*
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for my child?
- COVID-19 vaccines have been tested in clinical trials before being widely available.
- Children are much more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 than any small risk associated with the vaccine.
- Vaccinated children protect infants under 6 months and vulnerable adults from serious illness.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine effective?
Even if a child or teen gets sick, vaccines can help prevent serious illness. Vaccinations are effective in reducing risk of serious illness in both children and adults.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Johns Hopkins Medicine
- Mayo Clinic
If your child hasn’t been vaccinated or is eligible for a booster, contact your local Indian Health Service Clinic, pharmacy or doctor to schedule your COVID-19 or booster vaccine.
The Morehouse School of Medicine National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) coordinates a strategic and structured national network or national, state/territorial/tribal and local public and community-based organizations that will mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minority, and rural populations.