LRMC to begin offering pediatric COVID-19 vaccine

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center will begin offering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 on Nov. 18 by appointment only.

If members’ children have not been previously seen at LRMC, Ramstein Air Base, or Army Health Clinics, members must report to the LRMC Admissions and Dispositions Office, Patient Administration Division in Building 3766 to register before making an appointment. Members must bring the patient’s official picture identification (government ID / Passport) to register.

Pediatric patients (ages 5-11) must have a picture identification which lists the patient’s birthdate, such as government ID or passport, to the vaccination event in order to verify eligibility. A parent or legal guardian must remain with the child to consent for the vaccine.

Below are the scheduled dates for Dose 1 of the Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine at LRMC:

  • Nov. 18, 4-6 p.m. LRMC Heaton Auditorium (Check in at DFAC)
  • Nov. 19, 4-6 p.m. LRMC Heaton Auditorium (Check in at DFAC)
  • Nov. 20, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. LRMC Heaton Auditorium (Check in at DFAC)

While children are at a lower risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19 compared with adults, children can still become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. This can have both short and longterm health complications, and children can also spread COVID-19 to others.

Children with underlying medical conditions are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with children without underlying medical conditions.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect children ages 5 years and older from getting COVID-19.

Vaccinating children can help protect family members, including siblings who are not eligible for vaccination and family members who may be at increased risk of getting very sick if they are infected.

Vaccination can also help keep children from getting seriously sick even if they do get COVID-19.

Vaccinating children ages 5 years and older can help keep them in school and help them safely participate in sports, playdates, and other group activities.