Here’s where in Charlotte to find COVID vaccines for children under 5
Federal health agencies have approved the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Two vaccines, from Pfizer and Moderna, have been granted emergency use authorization for children ages 6 months to 5 years.
For the Pfizer vaccine, kids will be given three shots. The first two are spaced three weeks apart and the third shot is eight weeks later. The vaccine doses for children under 5 are roughly one-tenth the strength of the adult Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna COVID vaccine is administered as a series of two doses, one month apart.
“I’m very excited about this vaccine being available for younger kids. This has been an age group that has been the longest to get approval,” Dr. Kevin Buckley, a pediatric infectious disease physician at Atrium Health Levine Children’s, told reporters Monday.
COVID-19 vaccines for adults have been authorized and available for emergency use since late 2020. Buckley said both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for young children have “very good safety data” and said the federal committee recommending them had no concerns.
“Most of the reactions (side effects) that have been reported with them are similar to other vaccinations, where you can run low-grade fevers or have some muscle ache or soreness at the injection site,” Buckley said.
The COVID-19 vaccines for young children are free, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Parental consent is required.
Here’s where you can find COVID shots for kids under 5 in the Charlotte area, according to the vaccine locator tool from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, which the state said will be updated regularly as additional vaccine shipments arrive. This list also includes information, where available, from local health departments and hospital systems.
COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5:
AH Teen Health Connection
3541 Randolph Rd Suite 206, Charlotte, NC
“Atrium Health’s goal is to open appointments this week for the latest age group,” a spokesperson told WFAE in an email Tuesday. Vaccines will be by appointment only.
9430 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC
Carefirst Specialty Pharmacy
11100 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
Carmel Pediatrics PA
7825 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC
CaroMont Medical Group
"Select CaroMont Medical Group practices are working to implement vaccinations for children six months to five years old," a CaroMont spokesperson told WFAE Tuesday. "Parents can inquire at their current CaroMont Health practice to be notified when vaccinations for this age group begin."
Catawba County Public Health *
3070 11th Avenue Dr. SE, Hickory, NC
* Vaccines for young children will be available beginning Wednesday. Clinic hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Central Avenue Pediatrics and Family Medicine
4938 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC
Central Pediatrics and Internal Medicine PA
3040 Eastway Drive Suite A, Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Community Health Clinic University
8401 Medical Plaza Drive, Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Community Health Clinic West
5301 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, NC
4400 Golf Acres Dr., Charlotte, NC
10806 Monroe Rd Ste A, Matthews, NC
Faith Medical Center PC
3626 Latrobe Dr., Charlotte, NC
Freedom Now Services
5601 Executive Center Drive, Charlotte, NC
Gaston County Health Department *
991 W. Hudson Blvd., Gastonia, NC
* Shots for young children will be available starting June 29 at the Hudson Boulevard location only. The clinic will operate Monday through Friday, 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:00 p.m. No appointment necessary.
Grace Pediatric Clinics PA
2401 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC
Kintegra Pediatric Medicine - Gastonia
2721 XRay Drive, Gastonia, NC
Mecklenburg County Health Department *
Northwest Health Department
2845 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC
Southeast Health Department
249 Billingsley Rd., Charlotte, NC
* Vaccines for young children will be available beginning Thursday during regular business hours at both Mecklenburg County clinics on a walk-in basis. Hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.– 4:30 p.m (closed for lunch 12–1 p.m.) Wednesday: 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.– 6:30 p.m. (closed for lunch 2–3 p.m.)
Mecklenburg County is also offering a COVID-19 vaccine clinic Saturday, June 25 at the Northwest Health Department from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments and walk-ins accepted.
A Novant Health spokesperson said via email Wednesday the hospital system is "still finalizing" its vaccination plans.
OnCall Mobile Medical and Wellness Site 1
6428 W. Wilkinson Blvd, Belmont, NC
1943 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC
Sharon Lakes Medical Associates
7631 Sharon Lakes Rd, Charlotte, NC
South Charlotte Pediatrics
10410 Park Road #100, Charlotte, NC
StarMed Family & Urgent Care - Freemore
4001 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC
Union County Public Health *
2330 Concord Ave., Monroe, NC
*Walk-ins are accepted Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
4400 Park Rd Ste 316, Charlotte, NC