COVID-19 Vaccinations Recommended for Children Aged 5 and Up

All children and teenagers aged 5 and up can now get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for free in every state. (Those 18 and up can get any approved COVID-19 vaccine.) Protect your whole family by getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Learn how to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

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Get Your Child’s Health Care Back on Track

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, many parents have held off on getting their kids’ routine preventive care, including regular check-ups, vaccines, teeth cleanings, and eye exams. In fact, children’s health screenings are down 44% compared to the previous year[1]. Remember that keeping up with your kids’ medical appointments, dental visits, and vaccines help protect their health now and for the future.

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If your kids have missed any medical appointments, now is the time to make them up. Your kids are always covered with Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

What Does Medicaid and CHIP Cover?

Did you know missed medical care can have negative impacts on your kids’ health? It’s so important to always stay up to date on all routine care. With Medicaid and CHIP, it’s never been easier.

All states* provide comprehensive coverage for children, including:

  • Routine check-ups
  • Immunizations
  • Doctor visits
  • Prescriptions
  • Dental care [Find a Dentist]
  • Vision care
  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital care
  • Laboratory and X-ray services
  • Emergency services
  • Mental health services

*Some specific benefits may be different from state to state.

How do I know when to review Medicaid and CHIP coverage for my child or teen?

Your state Medicaid or CHIP program will contact you to let you know that it is time to renew your child's coverage.

Not Covered Yet? Find Coverage for Your Family

Medicaid and CHIP offer free or low-cost health insurance for kids up to age 19. Parents, Medicaid might cover you, too. Select your state to find health insurance programs in your area to learn more or enroll today – or call 1-877-KIDS-NOW.

[1] Fact Sheet: Service Use among Medicaid & CHIP Beneficiaries age 18 and Under during COVID-19