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Children 6 months and up now eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccines and Kids

The Louisiana Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend all children ages 6 months and up are now eligible for free vaccination against COVID-19.

Based on the rigorous scientific review of the latest data by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Louisiana Department of Health recommends that all children 6 months old and above receive the COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and their families.

Find a Vaccine Location:

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What you can do:

  • Talk to your child’s doctor today about the COVID-19 vaccines.
  • If you have questions or need help scheduling an appointment, you can call Louisiana’s COVID-19 Support Hotline at 855-453-0774.

Resources:

To find a vaccination location near you or get your questions answered, we encourage you to speak with your child’s pediatrician, call 211, or call the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-453-0774 to be connected with a medical professional. Learn even more at Vaccines.gov. For a person younger than age 18, parental/caregiver consent is needed to get the shot.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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    What ages are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines?

    As of June 20, all individuals ages 6 months and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

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    Are the COVID-19 vaccines free?

    Yes, COVID-19 vaccines are free to everyone. Providers cannot ask a patient for payment, though they may bill your insurance for administrative fees.

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    Where and how do I get my child vaccinated?

    First, call your child’s doctor to find out if they offer the COVID-19 vaccine. Your child’s provider is the best place to start!

    Otherwise, click here to find a provider near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment. For a person younger than age 18, parental/caregiver consent is needed to get the shot. LDH has developed a consent form that can be found on its website at ldh.la.gov/Covid-19K-12. Families can also call the COVID-19 Support Hotline at 1-855-453-0774 to speak with a medical professional, find a nearby vaccine provider, and schedule an appointment.

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    Should I vaccinate my child even if they already have had COVID?

    Yes, even if your child has already had COVID-19, any immunity they may get from the virus is short-lived, so it’s recommended that they still get vaccinated to protect them from severe symptoms or outcomes should they become reinfected. Louisiana has seen an increase in reinfections across all age groups, including children, underscoring the importance of making sure your child is up-to-date on their vaccinations.

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    What is the risk of COVID-19 to children?

    Tragically, LDH has reported a total of 21 children in Louisiana have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, all of whom were not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. Medical reports show COVID can trigger a serious medical condition in some children that causes their heart, brain, and other organs to swell. There have been more than 300 cases of this COVID-related syndrome in Louisiana alone. Vaccinating your children will lower their risks of getting this serious condition as well as protect them from other COVID complications.

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    Why should you consider getting your child vaccinated?

    With COVID-19 levels still high in Louisiana, vaccination against COVID-19 will strengthen your child’s immune system, help prevent severe COVID-19 symptoms, and reduce the likelihood of them developing conditions or experiencing complications from COVID-19. Staying up-to-date on our COVID-19 vaccinations is key to keeping our families safe and enjoying summer with confidence.

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    Can parents decide whether or not to have their children vaccinated for COVID-19?

    Yes. Parents and/or legal guardians have the legal authority to consent to have their minor child vaccinated for COVID-19.

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