COVID-19 Vaccine For Children: What You Need to Know

The coronavirus has been shaking lives since December 2019. There has been an abundance of research on vaccinations throughout the past two years. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) children, 5 through 11 years are now able to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination. For some parents, this may be a difficult decision on whether their child should receive the vaccine. Below are frequent questions and answers surrounding children receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Does my child need to be vaccinated? 

Yes. Although fewer children have been infected with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can still contract the virus.

What are the side effects of receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for kids?

Side effects include:

  • Pain where shot was given
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Nausea
  • Decreased appetite

Like adults, children have side effects within two days after vaccination that typically last 1 to 3 days.

Are there any children who should not get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine?

Children younger than five years old should not receive the vaccine. The vaccine should also not be given if a child has a history of being allergic to a medication. Please check the ingredients before administering them to your child.

Can a COVID-19 vaccine give a child COVID-19?

No. The COVID-19 vaccines currently being developed in the U.S. do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19.

How can children get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Consult your local health department, pharmacy, or your child’s doctor for information on where your child can get a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are still undecided about your child receiving the vaccine, please consult with your doctor and visit the CDC FAQs for more information. This vaccine helps protect your child and others from contracting COVID-19. The Aspen Medical team is committed to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and supporting your communities through our vaccination programs.