Vaccines for Children and Teens
Why do children who are 6 months and older need a vaccine?
Although fewer children have been infected with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can still:
Vaccinating children can help protect them from severe illness and hospitalization and protect other family members, including younger siblings, who are not eligible for vaccination.
- Get sick from COVID-19
- Have both short- and long-term health complications from COVID-19
- Spread the virus to others
Protect your whole family by getting yourself and your children 5 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 COVID-19 vaccine is 95% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines have been studied under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, including studies in children ages 5 years and older.
What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine? Are they different for children?
The side effects experienced by the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and temporary.
- The arm may be sore, and the injection site might be red, or warm to the touch.
- They may experience flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain, and joint pain.
If my child had COVID-19 already, do they need the vaccine?
Yes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children who had a prior COVID-19 infection should still get vaccinated to protect them from getting COVID-19 again. Getting fully vaccinated can help prevent serious illness or hospitalization if they do get infected again.
Can children with allergies get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Any child with an allergy to food, insect venom, oral medications, latex, or environmental allergens is eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. If your child has severe allergic reactions to injectable treatments please consult with a pediatrician or an allergist before getting vaccinated.
When is my child considered fully vaccinated?
Your child is considered up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines when they have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and got the most recent booster dose recommended by CDC.
Can my child get the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other routine vaccines?
According to CDC, it is safe for your child to get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same time. Itís no longer needed to wait 14 days between vaccinations.