Are the vaccines safe for children?
Yes, the vaccines are safe for children. COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the most intensive monitoring in U.S. history. Safety studies have included adolescents and show the vaccines are safe for this age group.
Although fewer children have been infected with COVID-19 than adults, children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, can get sick from COVID-19, and can spread COVID-19 to others.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older to help protect against COVID-19. It is important to talk to your child’s family medicine provider if you have questions or concerns.
At this time, all individuals over 12 years of age are eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, but those younger than 12 years of age are not. People younger than 18 years of age are not authorized to receive either the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
Visit the CDC’s website for additional information about COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens. For more on myocarditis in children, visit healthychildren.org, a resource of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Source: COVID Coalition