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What you need to know to get your child vaccinated

People who were exposed may benefit from a vaccine to prevent Hepatitis A if they get it within two weeks of being exposed. (WYDaily/Courtesy Flickr)
(WYDaily/Courtesy Flickr)

REGIONAL — Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents earlier this month, healthcare systems across the state have been advocating vaccinations for kids 12 years and older.

Sentara recently updated their vaccination information online to reflect this change, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for parents thinking about vaccinating their child.

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Adolescents can get vaccinated at any available provider location. To find a location near you, visit At this time, children can only receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Residents should confirm which vaccine is given at the location before going.

A parent consent form is required for anyone receiving the vaccine for those who are under the age of 18. People who are 18 years and older are eligible to receive any of the three COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson’s single dose Janssen vaccine).

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Although fewer children have been infected with COVID-19 in comparison to adults, children can be infected with the virus and spread COVID-19 to others. According to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), widespread vaccination is a critical tool in order to help stop the spread of the pandemic. Getting your child or teen vaccinated can bring you one step closer to enjoying the activities that you miss.

To schedule a vaccine appointment with Sentara, click here. To find local vaccination locations near you, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233. Also, visit Vaccinate Virginia to find more vaccine clinics and appointment times near you.


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