COVID-19 Pediatric (Ages 6 months -11 years) Vaccine FAQ

Updated: September 27, 2022

Q. What vaccines are offered at Hoag Medical Group?

A. Hoag Medical Group providers are offering Pfizer for children ages 5-11 years, and Moderna for children ages 6 months – 4 years.

Q. What if I have questions about my child’s medical condition and the vaccine?

A: If you have specific questions related to your child’s health condition, please speak with your pediatrician or primary care physician.

Q. My child has a Hoag Medical Group (HMG) Pediatrician, will they know my child was vaccinated? My HMG Pediatrician does not work out of the Hoag office where my child received their vaccine.

A: All of Hoag Medical Group uses the same electronic medical record system. Your Hoag Medical Group Pediatrician can see vaccinations provided at any of our office locations.

Q. What if my child is about to turn 12? Should I wait so they can get the higher dose?

A: We recommend your child get the dose that is authorized by the FDA, for your child’s current age, as soon as they can get vaccinated.

Q. My child is 12 or older. Do I have the option of giving them the lower dose?

We will follow the authorization by the FDA and recommendations from the CDC and will not be able to deviate from that.

Q. Will children require boosters too?

A: Currently, the CDC is recommending a booster dose for children age 5 years and older at least 5 months after their primary series. For children 5 years and older who are immunocompromised, a booster dose may be given at least 3 months after their primary series.

Q. My child is immunocompromised. Do they require an additional dose of COVID vaccine?

A: Yes, if your child is age 6 months and older and immunocompromised, it is recommended they receive an additional (third) dose of the mRNA vaccine to complete their primary series. The additional (third) dose should be given at least 4 weeks after their second dose of the Moderna vaccine for children ages 6 months to 4 years, or at least 8 weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, for children ages 5 to 11 years.

Q. Will my child’s school be notified that they were vaccinated?

A: No. We will provide you documentation of the vaccination which you can share with your school.