Docs—and mothers—reply your questions concerning the COVID vaccine for teenagers


This submit was initially printed in October, 2021. As of June 2022, the CDC recommends all youngsters ages six months and up get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. In a unanimous vote by each the FDA and CDC advisory panels, the vaccines have been licensed to assist shield very younger youngsters from the virus.

For extra on the vaccines, go to the CDC’s web site.




Over the previous yr, lots of of thousands and thousands of individuals 12 and older have been safely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. Now we’ve reached one other long-awaited pandemic milestone: the approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds.

That is enormous information for folks of younger youngsters, particularly as we navigate the return to in-person studying and actions. In current months, the CDC has proven an uptick within the variety of youngsters getting COVID-19.1

The vaccine provides many dad and mom hope and peace of thoughts. It's secure and efficient on this age group.2

When you have questions concerning the vaccine, our physicians (who're additionally mothers of younger youngsters) are right here to assist.

Are there any dangers?

The primary danger of vaccination is gentle unwanted side effects.

Dr. Kristi Edwards, who was a pediatrician for 13 years earlier than becoming a member of Blue Cross and Blue Defend of North Carolina, plans to get her 9-year-old son vaccinated as quickly as potential. She expects that he might expertise soreness, tiredness, and different indicators that the vaccine is working.

“There are dangers with any vaccine, the most typical of that are gentle unwanted side effects because the vaccine does its job,” she stated. “Any danger of extreme unwanted side effects is tremendously outweighed by the danger of getting COVID.”

Attainable unwanted side effects of the Pfizer vaccine are related in youngsters and adults. They embody:3

  • Ache, redness, and swelling within the arm the place you bought the shot
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle ache
  • Fever

These unwanted side effects are regular and may go away inside a couple of days.

In line with the CDC, the identified dangers of COVID-19 sickness and its issues, resembling long-term well being issues, far outweigh the potential dangers of getting a uncommon antagonistic response to vaccination.4

Dr. Anuradha Rao-Patel, whose 16-year-old son is already vaccinated and whose youngest she is going to vaccinate “with none hesitation,” stated she’s assured within the vaccine’s security profile.

“The FDA and the CDC take vaccine security precautions very significantly,” she stated. “They monitor the vaccines fastidiously for any indicators of questions of safety. I might encourage dad and mom to speak with their baby’s physician to debate particular person dangers and advantages.”

In case your baby has had an allergic response to any of the vaccine’s elements prior to now, or when you've got another issues, speak to your baby’s physician.

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