May 13, 2021
At Texas Children’s Hospital, our commitment to the safety and well-being of our patients remains our top priority, especially during this critical time. We are proud to be your choice for care and thank you for being part of our Texas Children’s family.
Texas Children’s patients who have a MyChart account do not have to register through the link. Instead, a COVID-19 vaccine appointment reminder will be available in the “Health Maintenance” section of their account.
At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for those 12 and older, the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for those 18 and older.
Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions and resources. It’s important to note that information about COVID-19 changes rapidly and this page will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can my child receive the vaccine?
- Click here to register for a COVID-19 vaccine. After you complete the registration form, you will be registered to receive a vaccine from Texas Children’s when we receive an allocation from the State. You will receive an email when appointments are available.
Which vaccine are you administering to patients?
- Currently, we will administer the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Vaccines are allocated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and patients can choose one of these products as they are made available to Texas Children’s by the State.
As a parent or caretaker, will I also be eligible to receive the vaccine at Texas Children’s?
- Yes, you can currently register for a COVID-19 vaccine. After you complete the registration form, you will be registered to receive a vaccine from Texas Children’s when we receive an allocation from the State. You will receive an email when appointments are available..
Can my child’s siblings also receive the vaccine at Texas Children’s?
- Yes, you can currently register them for a COVID-19 vaccine After you complete the registration form, they will be registered to receive a vaccine from Texas Children’s when we receive an allocation from the State. You will receive an email when appointments are available.
Can my child receive the vaccine if they have symptoms of COVID-19?
- If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 or is currently considered a close contact of someone with COVID-19, vaccination should be delayed until they have recovered from their illness and criteria is met for them to discontinue isolation.
Should my child receive the vaccine if they have already had COVID-19?
- Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages vaccination regardless of history of prior symptomatic or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection.
When will children younger than 16 be able to receive the vaccine?
- At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for people age 12 and older, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for those 18 and older.
Which vaccines are currently available?
- There are currently three vaccines whose manufacturers have received authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. for emergency use. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people age 12 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for those 18 and older.
What is in the vaccines?
- The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use messenger RNA (mRNA) packaged inside lipid nanoparticles to teach the immune system how to generate antibodies against one of the proteins on the surface of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, so the virus can’t enter your cells. This technology has been used before to develop vaccines against SARS, which is how the manufacturers were able to develop and move these vaccine candidates into clinical trials so quickly. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, known as JNJ-78436735 or Ad26.COV2.S, is an adenovirus type 26 modified to produce the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein. This adenovirus vaccine is used as a single intramuscular injection, and when it enters a cell it produces the vaccine protein but cannot replicate inside the cell or cause illness.
Do the vaccines work?
- Efficacy of two doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine is 95%. This means, in clinical trials, the vaccine prevented approximately 95% of COVID-19 disease in people who were vaccinated, and only approximately 5% of vaccinated people developed COVID-19 disease. Efficacy of two doses of the Moderna vaccine is 94.1%. In the U.S., the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was 72% protective. Importantly, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was shown to be 85% protective against severe disease.
Are they safe?
- From preliminary data, we know mild side effects are common. We know if you’re vaccinated, you should expect to experience some side effects, particularly after the second dose. These side effects are common and may occur after any vaccine. Although uncomfortable, these side effects are a sign that your immune system is responding to the vaccine and is learning to recognize the virus for the future. The short-term safety of these vaccines is clear.
Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
- No. The vaccine only contains the genetic instructions to make a protein of the virus. It does not contain a whole virus that can replicate inside of your body. So, the vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
How long will the vaccines work?
- We don’t know yet. As clinical trials progress, we’ll know more about how long immunity lasts and if booster doses will be necessary. Please remain vigilant to the practices which have proven successful throughout the pandemic – wear a mask in all settings, wash your hands frequently, maintain social distancing and avoid large social gatherings.
What can I do if my child is not feeling well?
- Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine granted emergency use authorization for 12 to 15-year olds (May 13, 2021)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
In the News
- Teens aged 12 to 15 can now get Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. – TIME Magazine
- Texas health experts address vaccine hesitancy following Pfizer authorization for kids ages 12 to 15 – KXAN.com
- Houston teens line up as CDC approves COVID shots for 12-15 year olds – Houston Chronicle
- Preparing to vaccinate children against COVID-19 – FOX 26 KRIV
- Doctors ready anxious parents about COVID-19 vaccine for teens – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
- Should your teen get the COVID-19 vaccine now that it's authorized for ages 12-15? – Austin American-Statesman
- Coronavirus: Vaccines & variants with Vin Gupta, MD, and Peter Hotez, MD, PhD – Washington Post
- Pfizer asks FDA for full approval of COVID vaccine – CBS Evening News
- To vaccinate or not? What parents need to know if FDA approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds – CBS 11 KHOU
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