Get The Facts
Vaccines are safe and effective. The FDA and CDC take vaccine safety seriously and continue to monitor the vaccine. Clinical data is carefully examined before authorizing the vaccine for certain age groups.
Experts say that it is best to get vaccinated as soon as possible because waiting can increase the child’s risk of infection from the virus.
COVID-19 vaccine dosage is based on age on the day of vaccination, not on size or weight. Children receive a smaller, age-appropriate dose. For Pfizer, children six months to four years old will receive a three-dose series, while 5-17 year olds will receive a two-dose series. For Moderna, all children six months to 17 years old will receive a two-dose series.
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are authorized for children and are safe and effective.
For some immunocompromised children age 5-11 years old, the CDC now recommends getting a booster shot. Ask your child’s doctor for more information.
The vaccine does not contain any aborted fetal cells. Fetal cell lines, which were grown in laboratories, were used only in the research and development stage.
Yes, pediatricians will use smaller needles to vaccinate children.
No, the vaccine does NOT contain the virus and cannot give you COVID-19.
99.97% of women who received the vaccine reported no change in their menstrual cycle. Most common changes that women reported are delays, heavier than normal cycles, and tiredness and fatigue during their cycle.
No, there is no evidence that it can lead to loss of fertility. The CDC even recommends vaccination for those trying to get pregnant.
No, the vaccine does not alter DNA and therefore does not affect development.
Risk of heart inflammation after the vaccine is extremely rare, affecting 1 in 40,000 people. According to the CDC, you are actually 16 times more likely to get myocarditis from COVID-19 infection as opposed to from the vaccine.
The likelihood of developing Guillain-Barre Syndrome after vaccination is extremely rare, chances are 100 in 12.8 million people.
Everyone is different. Some children do not get any side effects for either shot, and many feel side effects after the second dose.
At the injection site:
Rest of body:
· Muscle pain
Serious allergic reactions are rare, but you and your child should wait 15-20 minutes for observation after receiving the dose in case treatment is needed.
Everyone aged six months and older can now receive the vaccine. Discuss with your doctor if your child has a heart condition, history of allergy or anaphylaxis before receiving the vaccine.
Yes, the CDC recommends people with asthma get vaccinated as soon as they can. People with asthma are more likely to be hospitalized with COVID.
Get them vaccinated as soon as possible once they have recovered. If they were treated with monoclonal antibodies, wait 90 days before getting your child vaccinated.
Yes, the vaccine is safe in patients previously diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.