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Frequently Asked Questions

Vaccine and Adolescent

Why do children who are 12 years and older need a vaccine?
Although fewer children have been infected with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can still:
  • Be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19
  • Get sick from COVID-19
  • Spread the virus to others
Getting vaccinated can help protect your child from getting COVID-19 and help keep them from getting seriously sick in case they do get COVID-19.

Protect your whole family by getting yourself and your children 12 years and older vaccinated against COVID-19.

Is COVID-19 vaccine safe and effective for children?
Yes. The available data shows that after 2 doses, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is 95% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, including studies in adolescents.

What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine? Are they different for children?
Side effects are signs that their body is building protection.
  • Your arm may be sore, and the injection site might be red, or warm to the touch.
  • You may experience flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain and joint pain.
  • These symptoms usually go away on their own within a few days.
You can put on a cold cloth on the arm to soothe it, if needed. Call a pediatrician if your child has any side effects that bother them or do not go away.

Is parental consent required for eligible people under age 18 to get vaccinated?
Yes. To receive COVID-19 vaccines at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center,
  • Minors 16 or 17 years of age, parental or legal guardian consent should be provided in person, by phone, or in writing, at the time of vaccine appointment.
  • Minors who are 12 through 15 years of age, in addition to consent for vaccination, parent/guardian or an adult caregiver designated by parent/guardian should accompany the minor. The parent/guardian must still provide consent to the vaccination.
How long does it take my child to be fully vaccinated?
They are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their 2nd shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Can my child get the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other routine vaccines?
According to CDC, your child can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit. Itís no longer needed to wait 14 days between vaccinations.

Are there any risks with getting my child vaccinated during the pandemic?
Vaccination is essential for children because it helps provide immunity before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. Delaying or skipping vaccines may put your child in risk!

Our vaccine centers have been reconfigured to maintain social distancing requirements and follow CDCís cleaning and disinfection guidelines throughout the day.

Will students be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine to attend school or play sports?
A growing number of colleges require students and staff to get vaccinated before returning to campus in Fall 2021. Proof of vaccination might also be required.

What if my child doesnít want the vaccine?
Some parents want to get their adolescents vaccinated despite their childrenís resistance. Here are some suggestions:
  • Have open discussions with your child and a pediatrician about the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The return to full-time and in-person school may motivate many children to get vaccinated.
  • If you or your child have questions about the vaccine before making a vaccine appointment, please schedule a visit with a pediatrician.
If you want to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians, please call us at (212) 226-3888 (Manhattan), (718) 886-1222 (37th Avenue, Flushing), and (929) 362-3006 (45th Avenue, Flushing).


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