Kids 5 to 11 Can Now Get the COVID-19 Booster in DC

Children Who Were Fully Vaccinated by Dec. 20 of Last Year are Eligible

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A man walks by the entrance to the Ward 6 COVID Center (507 Eighth St. SE). E.O'Gorek/CCN

Check your child’s vaccination card! It could be they’re eligible for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. And it is now available in the District.

On Friday, May 20 Mayor Bowser and DC Health announced that the Pfizer COVID-19 booster is now available for children between 5 and 11 years old.

DC Health recommends that all eligible children receive the booster as soon as possible. Any child between 5 and 11 years old who received their primary vaccine series on or before December 20, 2021 is eligible for the booster.

Children ages 5 through 11 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are eligible for the booster if they received their primary vaccine series on or before February 20, 2022.

Anyone eligible for a booster dose, including children, can get a free booster at any of the District’s eight COVID Centers, no appointment necessary. The Ward 6 COVID Center is located at 507 Eighth St. SE, where you can also access testing as well as free rapid test kits and masks for adults and children.

DC Health recommends that all eligible residents age 50 years and older receive a second booster.

Get your initial COVID-19 vaccine or booster dose in the District:

  • Visit a walk-up vaccine clinic or COVID Center.
  • Make an at-home vaccination appointment by calling 1-855-363-0333.
  • Make an appointment with your health care provider.
  • Find other opportunities to get vaccinated by visiting vaccines.gov.