COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11

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The pediatricians at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital recommend that children get vaccinated.

 Schedule your child’s appointment below or call for help or with questions:

Things to know:

  • OHSU sites have comfort care for kids, including cold numbing spray and a buzzy vibrating pain-relief device.
  • Vaccines are free of charge.
  • Vaccines are safe and effective.
  • Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect your child from COVID-19.
  • Vaccines do not affect fertility or DNA, and they cannot give anyone COVID-19.
  • Children who have had COVID-19 should be vaccinated. See our FAQ page for details on how long to wait.

Resources:

Webinar: Vaccines for Children With Disabilities

Register for a webinar for parents/guardians of children ages 5-11 with a disability. The Disability Rights & Education Fund event will feature Dr. Noemi Spinazzi, a pediatrician with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. The webinar will be 6-7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, and will include real-time captioning as well as ASL, Spanish and Cantonese interpretation.

If no appointments are available

Vaccines for kids are in high demand, and OHSU relies on getting doses from the state. We will add appointments and locations soon. Please check back.

Make an appointment

  • Schedule online below or call  833-647-8222, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
  • In the online scheduling tool, if you don’t have a MyChart proxy account, select “Continue as a Guest.”
  • Please contact your provider or call 833-647-8222 before scheduling a vaccination if you answer “yes” to any of the following: 
     
    • Has your child been treated with a COVID-19 monoclonal antibody or convalescent plasma in the last 90 days? 
    • Has your child ever had an immediate allergic reaction to any other vaccine? 

Please note:

  • Children in this age group must come with a parent/guardian who can give verbal consent for the COVID-19 vaccine. Or the child can come with another adult who can present signed, written permission from a parent/guardian.
    • All of these appointments use the Pfizer vaccine, in a smaller dose for children.
    • Your child’s second dose will be scheduled at this visit.

    Terms and conditions

    By scheduling a vaccine appointment with OHSU through this website, you, on your own behalf or on behalf of another individual receiving the vaccine from OHSU (e.g., your minor child or other person for whom you act as health care representative), agree to the following:

    • To receive a COVID vaccine from OHSU health care professionals, students, volunteers or agents.
    • If you have health insurance or health benefit coverage, OHSU may bill and collect reimbursement from your health insurance or health benefits plan for the COVID vaccine OHSU provides to you or the individual you represent.
    • OHSU may collect, maintain and use personal and health information about you (or the individual you represent) as necessary to provide and bill for the COVID vaccine and satisfy state and federal regulations. OHSU’s Notice of Privacy Practices (“NPP”) explains our obligations regarding your information. You can view or download a copy of the NPP here.
    • You agree to receive communications regarding your care through various methods including mail, telephone, OHSU MyChart, email and manual or auto-dialing voicemail messages and text messages using the contact information that you give us.
    • You understand that you will receive an email confirming your first name, appointment date, time and location after you schedule an appointment through this website. You understand that email and text messaging is not secure or encrypted and may contain confidential information. You understand that you may avoid receiving this detailed appointment confirmation email by calling to schedule your vaccine appointment using the number above.

    Vaccine locations

    OHSU Health Community Site (Portland Expo Center)

    This is a drive-through site especially convenient for those with mobility issues. 

    Not sure if a drive-through site is right for your child?

    • We recommend calling their primary care clinic to discuss options to meet your child’s needs.
    • Don’t have a primary care clinic? Call 833-647-8222, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

    Address:
    2060 N. Marine Drive (enter from North Expo Road)
    Portland, OR 97217
    Map and directions

    Hours:

    • Monday and Wednesday: 2–7 p.m. (appointment only)

    Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

    An exterior photo looking up at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital from the street below.

    This is an indoor site. The clinic
    is on the seventh floor.

    Address:

    Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
    700 S.W. Campus Drive
    Portland, OR 97239

    Map and directions

    Hours:

    • Tuesday and Thursday: 5-8 p.m. (appointments only, no walk-ins)
    • Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (appointments only, no walk-ins)
    Learn how OHSU providers make shots less painful and less scary for children. This video teaches providers how to use cold spray, distractions and calming methods to care for kids.

    Prepare for your appointment

    What to wear: Wear something that makes it easy to expose your child’s upper arm for a shot.

    Don’t come if you or your child are sick: Please reschedule your appointment if you are sick or have symptoms that could be from COVID-19.

    You do not need health insurance: Your child will receive a vaccine at no cost to you, and you do not need to have health insurance. If you do have insurance, though, please bring your insurance card to your appointment. Providers are allowed to charge your insurance company a fee to cover the cost of providing a booster shot. This fee may temporarily appear in your MyChart account, but you will NOT be billed.

    Who can come with you:  Up to two healthy visitors can come with a child receiving a vaccination at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. See OHSU's visitor policy on our coronavirus resources page. Service animals are also allowed. Please leave pets at home.

    What to expect

    Accommodations for disabilities and language: When you arrive, ask any staff member for any of the following. You can also ask about other accommodations or modifications, and we'll do our best to grant them.

    • Language interpreter services
    • Whiteboard
    • Clear face masks
    • Braille and large-print vaccine information 
    • Vaccine information in languages other than English

    Observation: After your shot, you and your child will be asked to wait in an observation area for 15 or 30 minutes to make sure your child doesn’t have an adverse reaction.

    Side effects: Learn about possible side effects and where to report them on our FAQ page.

    Why aren’t vaccine providers wearing gloves? Gloves are not required for vaccinating, and medical gloves are in short supply. Regulators and medical experts agree that proper hand hygiene is an appropriate option instead. Learn more on our FAQ page.

    Safety after vaccination: Your child won't be fully vaccinated until it's been at least two weeks since a second Pfizer dose. During this time, your child should follow safety precautions such as wearing a mask.

    Language help

    • Interpreters will be available if you speak a language other than English.
    • Ayuda en otros idiomas: Habrá intérpretes disponibles si habla un idioma que no sea inglés
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    • Языковая поддержкаЕсли вы не говорите на английском языке, будут доступны услуги устного перевода
    • 助:如果您以外的其他言,可以您提供口译员 
    • المساعدة اللغوية: سيُتاح مترجمون فوريون إذا كنت تتحدث لغة أخرى غير اللغة الإنجليزية
    See a forum on COVID-19 vaccine information focused on children ages 5-11. Expert panelists include Dr. Donn Spight, an OHSU surgeon and co-chair of OHSU's Vaccine Equity Committee. Dr. Spight's presentation begins at 23:00.