Kids 5 and older now eligible for COVID vaccine

Publish Date: 11/04/2021

All Hoosiers 5 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine! (Those ages 5 through 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time.)

Vaccines are the BEST tool we have to prevent COVID-19!

We encourage everyone who is eligible for the vaccine to consider doing so. Click here for a great FAQ about the vaccines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Fully vaccinated, no symptoms = no quarantine

In addition, vaccinated individuals are exempt from quarantine rules if no symptoms are present! This means that vaccinated students who come into close contact with an identified positive COVID-19 case do not have to miss classes and other activities (unless they experience symptoms associated with COVID-19).

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final vaccine dose in the initial series. So for students 17 and younger, they would be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second vaccine dose. (This is the same for anyone 18 and older who received the two-dose vaccines by Pfizer or Moderna, but for those who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, full vaccination would be two weeks after that single dose.) As of January 2022, any person who is eligible for a booster must have that booster to maintain their fully vaccinated status in terms of quarantine guidelines.

Note: Immunocompromised people may need additional doses in the initial series. Talk with your healthcare provider if you have questions.  

What about boosters? 

Five months after the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or two months after the one-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson), the CDC recommends anyone 12 and older receive a booster shot. As of January 2022, a booster for those eligible is required to maintain "fully vaccinated" status in terms of quarantine guidelines. 

>> To schedule your vaccine (or your child's vaccine):

  • You can schedule appointments directly with many pharmacies by visiting their websites. (In Marion this includes Meijer, Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS.) Most pharmacies also offer walk-in options.
  • At the Grant County Health Department: Tuesdays by appointment only (see first item above in this list for scheduling information); Wednesdays and Thursdays they take walk-ins between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (appointments also available). Click here to schedule or call 211 for assistance.
  • Your pediatrician or family doctor may offer COVID vaccines. Contact your doctor for information.