Nov. 12, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Washoe County Health District (WCHD) will administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to those aged 5-11 years at its 1001 E. 9th Street, Building B location on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.

The Health District is expecting to administer around 400 vaccines after administering nearly 300 on Nov. 6.

What: COVID-19 vaccine for those 5-11 years old only (No vaccines for 12+ at this event)
When: Saturday, Nov. 13, 9-11 a.m. (County Complex gates open at 7 a.m.)
Where: Inside the main WCHD clinic at 1001 E. 9th Street, Building B (This is inside the Health District and not the drive-through service at Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center)
Note: No appointments necessary. Vaccines will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents must fill out paperwork on site and longer-than-usual wait times are expected.

Pertinent information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine for those 5-11 years old:

  • Only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for those aged 5-11
  • Two doses are recommended, with the second dose due three weeks after the first
  • The dosage for children aged 5-11 is 1/3rd the size of a standard Pfizer dose
  • The vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children aged 5-11
  • The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children ages 5-11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study
  • A parent or guardian must accompany a minor to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • More safety information can be found here.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention endorsed the COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11 on Nov. 2, 2021 after the Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization the week prior.

Starting Sunday, Nov. 14, all WCHD Community Vaccine Events will have the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for those 5-11 on a first-come, first-served basis and appointments are not required. See the schedule for WCHD community vaccine events here.

Those aged 5-11 can also get the COVID-19 vaccine at Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center every Wednesday and Friday from 9-11 a.m. with the exception of Friday November 26th. No appointments are necessary; however, only 100 vaccines will be available.

Other locations that offer the vaccine to those aged 5-11 include some local pediatrician offices and pharmacies (find a vaccine provider here). Contact your pediatrician for any questions about the vaccine and to see if they administer the vaccine to those aged 5-11. Other options include Community Health Alliance and Renown Health.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Washoe County, visit www.COVID19Washoe.com.

The Washoe County Health District is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board and has jurisdiction over all public health matters in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County through the policy-making Washoe County District Board of Health. The District consists of five divisions: Administrative Health Services, Air Quality Management, Community and Clinical Health Services, Environmental Health Services and Epidemiology & Public Health Preparedness. More info can be found here.