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COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids

There is no way to know how COVID will affect your child, even if they do not have underlying health conditions. Just like adults, children can get very sick and experience long-term complications from COVID. The vaccines help prevent your child from getting very sick or
being hospitalized from COVID-19.

Everyone age 6 months and up is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Much like the vaccines your child receives at their routine doctor’s visits, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The COVID-19 vaccines were made based on science and research that has been around for decades. These vaccines work similar to traditional vaccines because they teach your child’s immune system to recognize and fight off a virus if infection happens.

Thousands of children were given the vaccine and monitored during clinical trials before the FDA approval. Scientists and medical experts reviewed data from these clinical trials to confirm that the vaccines can safely protect your child with minimal side effects. Getting your child vaccinated against COVID can provide you with greater confidence for them to participate in childcare, school, and other activities.

Things to Know

Vaccine FAQs

  1. Stay Up to Date with Your COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC. Accessed April 19, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html
  2. Booster Shots and Additional Doses for COVID-19 Vaccines — What You Need to Know | Johns Hopkins Medicine. Accessed April 19, 2022. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/booster-shots-and-third-doses-for-covid19-vaccines-what-you-need-to-know
  3. Racial Diversity within COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials: Key Questions and Answers | KFF. Accessed April 18, 2022. https://www.kff.org/racial-equity-and-health-policy/issue-brief/racial-diversity-within-covid-19-vaccine-clinical-trials-key-questions-and-answers/
  4. Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccine Safety in the US | CDC. Accessed April 13, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html
  5. COVID-19 Vaccines Work | CDC. Accessed April 13, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/effectiveness/work.html
  6. Monitoring COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness | CDC. Accessed April 19, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/effectiveness/how-they-work.html