More information for WIC families on infant formula availability can be found at the California WIC Infant Formula Availability webpage. General guidance and information for California families about the shortages can be found at the California Department of Public Health Infant Formula webpage.

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COVID-19 vaccinations now available for kids under 5

Children can now get vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine if they are 6 months or older.

Schedule your child’s vaccination

Since the start of the pandemic, caregivers have taken measures to keep their children safe by masking up and avoiding family gatherings. Now it’s time to give the whole family the best possible tool to stay safe by getting vaccinated.

On this page:

  1. Vaccine safety
  2. Vaccine eligibility
  3. Questions and answers
  4. Book your appointment today
  5. Stay informed
  6. More information for WIC families
  7. Help for individuals and families

Safe. Effective.

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Vaccines are safe and effective in protecting children against severe infection by COVID-19. It is also important to continue getting parents and caregivers vaccinated so they can help their children grow and thrive.

COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be safe and effective for everyone aged 6 months and older, and the vaccines will help keep our children healthy for school, playdates and other activities that help them build bright futures. When more of our younger family members are vaccinated, they can join their older siblings, family, and friends in being safer and doing the things they love that support their long-term health and wellness.

Though your child may experience mild to moderate side effects after vaccine injection, these are common responses and a sign that their body is building up its defenses to protect them. It’s normal for a child to feel sore at the injection site or have a fever, headache, and muscle or joint pain for a day or two after vaccination.

Vaccines are already a normal and regular part of your child’s immunization schedule and just like your children’s routine vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines are an important addition to these safeguards.

It is also important to continue other harm reduction measures! It is strongly recommended that families wear a mask in high-risk settings and areas with poor ventilation. Wearing a well-fitting mask is key to keeping everyone in the family safe.

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Vaccine eligibility

Any Californian aged 6 months and older can get vaccinated, for free.

Your immigration or insurance status does not matter. No one will ask about your immigration status when you get vaccinated.

Questions and answers

Why should I vaccinate my child?

Cases in children are increasing. We must get young people vaccinated to prevent more hospitalizations and deaths.

Vaccinations protect children from the most severe outcomes of COVID-19, such as MIS-C, hospitalization, and death. They can also shrink the pool of people vulnerable to COVID-19. By getting children 6 months and up vaccinated, families can be safer as we get back to doing the things we love.

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If I’m pregnant or breastfeeding, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. The CDC strongly recommends that if you’re pregnant, could be pregnant, or are breastfeeding, you should get vaccinated. If you get COVID-19 while you are pregnant, you are more likely to get severely ill. Additionally, you are at increased risk of complications that can affect your pregnancy and developing baby, including premature birth.

The vaccines are safe for you and your baby. They do not contain the live virus, so they cannot cause COVID-19. Vaccination during pregnancy might help protect your baby from COVID-19 by building antibodies in your blood and milk that is shared with the baby.

Talk to your doctor if you have questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information, read:

Get your questions answered and book your appointment today

It’s okay if you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your child’s doctor to learn more about how vaccines keep your child safe.

Visit MyTurn.ca.gov or call (833) 422-4255 to find a vaccine near you.

Stay informed

General Information

Find up-to-date information and services regarding California's Coronavirus (COVID-19) response at covid19.ca.gov.

Vaccination appointments for Californians aged 6 months and older can be made by visiting MyTurn.ca.gov. The consent of a parent or legal guardian may be needed for those between the ages of 6 months and 17 to receive a vaccination.

Visit Vaccinate All 58 to learn more about the safe and effective vaccines available.

Vaccination while pregnant or breastfeeding

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California Department of Public Health

More information for WIC families

What if my WIC office is closed?

The safety and health of your family is WIC's utmost priority during the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). To protect all families and staff, your local WIC offices may be offering services by phone or online until further notice.

Please call your WIC office ahead of your appointment to ask about completing it over the phone or online.

Your WIC benefits can be added to the California WIC card remotely. WIC staff may call or text you to confirm information about your account. Eligible families who do NOT have a California WIC Card may get a card mailed to them. Please check in by telephone or follow your WIC office’s website or social media for updates.

What if I can't contact my local WIC office?

Please contact the CDPH WIC Division State Headquarters:
Email: WIC@cdph.ca.gov
Call toll free: (800) 852-5770

How can I get WIC if I lost my job due to COVID-19?

If you or someone you know has been financially affected by the pandemic and are pregnant, just had a baby, or have children under the age of five, WIC is accepting applications for new families and is here to help provide healthy foods and other resources. Eligible families, dads, grandparents and foster parents caring for eligible children should contact their local WIC office for more information.

You can find your local WIC office here: WIC Clinic Search

Check to see if you may be eligible for WIC.

How do I obtain therapeutic formula?

If your child receives therapeutic formula and you are unable to get it from your local WIC office, please call (800) 852-5770.

You may also email requests to formula@cdph.ca.gov.

Please send a copy of your Pediatric Referral Form to formula@cdph.ca.gov.

Help for individuals and families

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