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COVID-19 vaccine for children and teens

COVID-19 vaccines for the whole family

Vecino's Airline Children's Clinic is providing vaccination services to all family members ages five and up. New patients are always welcome!

With the COVID-19 vaccine now available for children and teens ages five and up, many parents have questions.

The pediatricians at Vecino Health Centers are helping to make the latest information available and easy to understand. Here, they provide answers to some of the most common questions.

Should my child or teen get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes! Children five years old and up should get vaccinated for COVID-19. With new variant strains of the virus — which seem to be more contagious — and more in-person activities, the virus is still being transmitted.

Just like adults, children need protection from the virus for their health and the health of their family and friends. And if they do catch the virus, it’s likely that they’ll not get as sick as they could without the vaccine.

People who are fully vaccinated can resume many of the activities that they did prior to the pandemic.

I heard that COVID is mild for most kids. Why do they even need to be vaccinated?

It’s true that most children infected with COVID have only mild symptoms. But, some children do get very sick and we know that Hispanic, Black, and Native American children were three times more likely to be hospitalized than white children. The vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect all children.

Can my child get other needed vaccinations at the same appointment?

Yes! This is a good time to get children caught up on routine checkups and other vaccinations. Schedule a Well Check Exam to be sure children are up to date on all routine immunizations. The COVID-19 vaccine can be safely given at the same visit.

What are the side effects of the COVID vaccine for children and teens?

Most children who get vaccinated only experience mild side effects like soreness at the injection site, fever, or fatigue. Headaches, muscle aches, and nausea are also possible. These are completely normal and a sign that their bodies are building immunity to the virus. Side effects usually go away on their own within 48 hours. 

Do children and teens get the same dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as adults?

The COVID shot for children 5 years to 11 years old is a lower dose than the dose recommended for people 12 years and older. 

Children over age 12 can safely receive the same dose as adults.

Your child is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of the vaccine. Encourage children to keep doing their part to protect others by wearing a face mask and following other steps to keep people with a high risk of infection safe. Then they can get back to activities they enjoy like sports, choir, plays and parties with some added confidence that they are protected!

Which vaccine will my child or teen receive?

Currently, a Pfizer vaccine is approved for children five to 11 years old and for children and teens ages 11 to 17.

Do children and teens really need the second dose of the vaccine?

Yes! No one is fully protected from COVID-19 until two weeks after receiving the second dose, so it’s important to get second dose three weeks after the first one. 

My child had COVID. Does she still need to be vaccinated?

Yes. Although having COVID-19 can provide some protection from getting sick with the virus again, we still don’t know how long that protection lasts. The vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect you and your child or teen against COVID-19.