The COVID-19 Vaccine for Children
While children have not been as affected by COVID-19 as other demographics, they can still get infected with COVID-19, get sick from the virus, and spread it to others. The CDC recommends for children 12 years of age and older to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. Children can receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
Quick Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children (From the CDC)
- It is safe and effective
- The child will need a second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine3 weeks after the first shot
- You cannot get COVID-19 from the COVID-19 vaccine
Possible Side Effects & Risks for Children
Normal side effects signal that the body is building protection. Your child may get some pain, redness or swelling on the arm where they received the shot. Some people experience tiredness, headaches, muscle pains, chills, fever, or nausea, but these should go away shortly.
A non-aspirin pain reliever could help comfort your child (with your healthcare’s provider recommendation). Some individuals do not experience side effects.
The CDC states that there have been increased reports of myocarditis and pericarditis in children and young adults after getting vaccinated. Nonetheless, the CDC writes that: “the known and potential benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks,” so it is still recommended.
The COVID-19 Vaccine for Pregnant People
Pregnant individuals are more likely to get ill from COVID-19. If you are pregnant, you can safely receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Where to Get the Vaccine
There are a few places where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine. Check your local pharmacy to see if they have available walk-ins or appointments available. You can also check your local health department and speak to your child’s healthcare provider.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Is Free
COVID-19 vaccination providers cannot charge for the vaccine or deny anyone without health insurance.
Importance of Testing
If you are not fully vaccinated –or even if you are—it is still important to get tested for COVID-19, especially if you are going back outside and mingling with others. You can read more about the importance of testing in our blog post: I Am Fully Vaccinated. Do I Still Need To Take the COVID-19 Test? (pmhlaboratory.com)
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We hope everyone is healthy, happy, and safe!