5 Things to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children

By: WHO and CDC
 
JHUBEI CITY, Taiwan - Dec. 22, 2021 - PRLog -- Everyone ages 5 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible.

Here are facts and information about the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 years, as well as quick tips for parents and caregivers.

10 Things to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5 through 11 Years

1.     The COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 is safe and effective.

T
he Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children is over 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 in children ages 5 through 11 years.

Before recommending COVID-19 vaccination for children, scientists conducted clinical trials and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine met the safety and efficacy standards for emergency authorization in children ages 5 through 11 years.

2.     Getting a vaccine can help protect children ages 5 years and older from spreading COVID-19 to others.

Vaccinating children ages 5 years and older can:

Protect the entire family ─ including siblings who are not yet eligible for vaccination and family members who may be at increased risk of getting very sick if they are infected.

Keep them in school and safely participate in sports, playdates, and other group activities.

Help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

3.     A child may have some side effects after vaccination ─ which are normal signs their body is building protection.

Possible side effects among children after COVID-19 vaccination may include:
  • Soreness at the injection site
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Low-grade fevers
4.     The COVID-19 vaccine dose given to children ages 5 through 11 years is not the same as the dose given to adults and teens. It is based on age ─ not weight.

Children will need a second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine three weeks after their first shot. More than one dose is necessary for your child to have the most protection and build greater immunity.

5.     The COVID-19 vaccine given to adults and teens cannot be given to children ages 5 through 11.

The COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 years has the same active ingredients as the vaccine given to adults and teens.

The COVID-19 vaccine for children comes in a different vial with a different color cap to make it clear to vaccine providers which vaccine is for children ages 5 through 11 years and which is for people ages 12 years and older.

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