Children and COVID-19

Did You Know?

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. All children ages 5 years and older should get vaccinated against COVID-19. Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine authorized for children ages 5 and older.
  • Children and teens ages 12 years and older receive the same dose as adults, and children ages 5-11 years receive a smaller dose.
  • All children ages 5-17 need two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Everyone ages 12 years and older should also get a booster shot.
  • Serious reactions after COVID-19 vaccination in children and teens are rare. The benefit of increased protection against serious illness or death far outweighs the risk of serious side effects.

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Hear from experts as they address common questions about COVID-19 vaccines and children.

Fact Sheet

Questions (and Answers) About Children and Teens and COVID-19 Vaccines

  • Source: NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL)
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Preguntas (y respuestas) sobre los niños y los adolescentes y las vacunas contra el COVID-19

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Ask a Doctor:  Why is it important for young children to be vaccinated against COVID?

  • Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
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Pregúntale a un doctor: ¿Por qué es importante que los niños menores se vacunen contra el COVID?

  • Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
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Fact Sheet

Q & A with Dr. Jaime Deville: COVID-19 and Back to School

  • Source: NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL)
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