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COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids & Teens

Vaccines are the best way to protect your child from the worst effects of COVID-19. Give your child the power to learn, play, and be a kid. Talk to your pediatrician if you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccines Recommended for Kids 5 and Older

The CDC recommends everyone ages 5 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against the virus. COVID-19 can make children very sick and may even lead to hospitalization. In some situations, the complications from infection can lead to death.

Children are just as likely as adults to be infected with COVID-19, and can:

  • Get very sick from COVID-19
  • Have both short and long-term health complications from COVID-19
  • Spread COVID-19 to others, including at home, school, sports, and other activities

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for children ages 5-15 years old and approved for those 16 years and older.

Boosters for Teens 12 and Older

The CDC recommends everyone ages 12 years and older get a COVID-19 booster when they become eligible. Check out our COVID-19 Booster Shot webpage for the latest updates.  

Safe for Children and Teens

The COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens are as safe as other childhood vaccines.

Before recommending COVID-19 vaccination for children, scientists conducted clinical trials with thousands of children and no serious safety concerns were identified. Learn more about the process of developing, authorizing, and approving COVID-19 vaccines at the CDC’s website.

COVID-19 vaccines are being monitored for safety with the most comprehensive and intense safety monitoring program in U.S. history. CDC monitors the safety of all COVID-19 vaccines after the vaccines are authorized or approved for use, including the risk of potential side effects in children and teens.

Have a Question?

If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines or boosters for your child or teen, talk to your pediatrician. You can also check out the CDC’s guidance about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens or call the PA Health Hotline at 1-877-724-3258.

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