As the rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations among children and teenagers reach record levels, Ochsner is here to provide reliable facts about vaccinating and protecting children. COVID-19 vaccines are available now to anyone 6 months old or older. Booster shots are available to anyone 5 years old or older. Third-dose vaccines are also available to immunocompromised children ages 5-11. The Pfizer vaccine is available to children ages 6 months to 17 years. The Moderna vaccine is available to children ages 6 months to 5 years.
With the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, we recognize that people have a lot of questions about what they should do if they have been exposed, are experiencing symptoms or need a COVID-19 test. At Ochsner, we are here to help guide you through this process and have developed a COVID-19 Self-Care and Symptom Monitoring Program through MyOchsner.
Parents can schedule an appointment for their child to receive their COVID-19 vaccine by visiting MyOchsner or calling 844-888-2772.
Scheduling a vaccine through MyOchsner:
To make an appointment via phone, please call 844-888-2772.
Visiting a vaccination event:
To visit a vaccination event, please see our current availability here.
Ochsner Hospital for Children is offering rapid, molecular COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic pediatric patients.
Ochsner Health Center for Children
1315 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
Mondays: 5 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Fridays: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Please work with your school nurse to schedule an appointment for asymptomatic students in need of a rapid test.
Ochsner Hospital for Children patients are now able to connect with their providers virtually for COVID-19 concerns. Please get in touch with your child's provider to discuss your virtual visit options.
The vaccines can help prevent your child from spreading COVID-19 to others, which is particularly important for kids who interact with older relatives and other adults at risk for severe illness from COVID-19. They can also help keep your child from getting seriously ill if they do get COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Delta variant is contributing to a surge of cases across the country. At Ochsner and other hospitals throughout Louisiana and Mississippi, the Delta variant is infecting and hospitalizing many more young adults and teenagers than previous strains. The best way to protect the younger population from the Delta variant is to get them vaccinated.
Despite misinformation swirling on the internet, the COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, which includes studies in adolescents. These studies and the data collected on those who have already received the COVID-19 vaccine show there is no evidence that the vaccine poses any serious risk to young people.
None of the vaccines being used in the U.S. contain a live virus, and therefore, they cannot infect anyone with COVID-19. As with vaccinated adults, vaccinated young adults and teenagers may experience mild, temporary side effects, but this is an indication of the immune response to the vaccination, not COVID-19.
There is no evidence that female or male fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will not affect the fertility of young adults or women who are seeking to become pregnant in the future, including through in vitro fertilization methods.
Unlike previous strains of the virus, the Delta variant is having a greater impact on infection rates and hospitalizations among children and younger people. A recent study showed that children and adults under age 50 were 2.5 times more likely to become infected with Delta compared to those older than 50 years. Our hospitals are caring for more children with COVID-19 now than at any other point in the pandemic.
Post-COVID conditions include, but are not limited to, the following: neurological disorders; multiorgan effects to most, if not all, body systems; autoimmune conditions; fatigue; shortness of breath; chest pain; sleeping difficulties; changes to smell and taste receptors; and problems with memory and concentration. Getting vaccinated not only protects you from contracting the virus, it protects you from the more severe and long-lasting symptoms experienced by unvaccinated individuals.
MIS in children is a serious, potentially deadly, condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. While the cause of MIS has not been fully confirmed, we know that many children with MIS had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been around someone with COVID-19. MIS is typically seen in school-aged children, but cases have been reported in young adults, which makes it important that all kids ages 5 and up get vaccinated. Children younger than 5 years are not yet eligible to get vaccinated. It’s important that parents and other caregivers of those children get vaccinated to protect them from being exposed to or infected with COVID-19. Children ages 12 and up are eligible to receive a Pfizer booster.
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