**The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a recommendation for children ages 5–11 to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. Families who choose vaccination for themselves and their children are critical partners in protecting their communities, including the majority of our Head Start children who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.**
Side effects have been shown to be mild and similar to those seen in other vaccines recommended for children and in adults who have had a COVID-19 vaccine. The most common side effect in clinical trials was a sore arm. COVID-19 vaccines have undergone — and will continue to undergo — the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Vaccinating children will help protect them from getting COVID-19 and reduce their risk of severe disease, hospitalizations, or developing long-term COVID-19 complications. Vaccinating eligible children can also reduce disruptions to in-person learning and activities by helping curb community transmission.
Click here to find a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5–11 near you.
Please take a look at these other important vaccine resources:
- Protect Your Child With a COVID-19 Vaccine
- Resources About COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children Ages 5+
- Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccines: CDC’s Recommendations for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series in Children 5–11 Years Old
- Vaccination for Head Start Families
- Introduction to COVID-19 Vaccines
- Vaccine Success Stories from the Field
A Champaign County COVID-19 Food Distribution Volunteer Sign-Up is a combined effort between Champaign PTA Council and Champaign Urbana Public Health District to allow individuals to sign up if they would like to be contacted about future volunteer opportunities. You can sign up at this link.
In addition, Champaign Unit 4 is working to create a food distribution plan for those 18 and younger and any individual participating in the Young Adult Program. They do not have to be a Unit 4 student to utilize this service. In order to get an idea of the number of students who need these services during the closure, Unit 4 is asking District families to fill out this form.