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Anyone, 6 months of age and older, is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Find your nearest vaccination location at vaccines.gov.

COVID-19 Vaccination for Young People FAQs

CDC and IDPH recommend everyone ages 6 months and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19

What vaccines are my child eligible to receive?

Children ages 6 months to 4 years may receive either a 3-dose primary series of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, or a 2-dose primary series of the Moderna vaccine. Children ages 5-17 may receive a 2-dose primary series of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.

Does my child need a booster shot?

Children ages 5-17 who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should receive a booster shot at least 5 months after receiving the second dose. Children who received the Moderna vaccine and children under the age of 5 are not eligible for a booster shot.

Where can my child get vaccinated?

To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination, visit www.vaccines.gov or call the Vaccine Appointment Call Center at 833-621-1284.

Why should I vaccinate my child for COVID-19?

Children are as likely to be infected with COVID-19 as adults 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 and school

Vaccination helps prevent illness and hospitalization in children and can protect family members and classmates. Vaccinating children can also help keep them in school and allow them to safely participate in sports and other social activities.

Are COVID-19 vaccinations safe for my child?

Scientists conducted clinical trials with thousands of children before recommending COVID-19 vaccines for children. During the trials, no serious safety concerns were identified, and the vaccines receive ongoing monitoring for safety. For more information on the process used to develop the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit this page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/distributing/steps-ensure-safety.html

What side effects may my child experience after the COVID-19 vaccine?

Side effects after a vaccination are normal signs that your child’s body is building protection against COVID-19. Common side effects are pain, redness and swelling at the site of the vaccination, tiredness, headache and muscle pain. There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility or puberty.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine for children, please visit these sites:

How does COVID-19 impact babies, young children, and teens?

Symptoms in kids under 18 years of age range from infection without symptoms to mild upper respiratory symptoms with runny nose and cough, to pneumonia requiring hospitalization. Children with underlying medical conditions are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with children without underlying medical conditions.

While most children recover from COVID-19 without any serious complications, as of May 2022, children had experienced more than 124,000 COVID-19 related hospitalizations and more than 1500 deaths from COVID-19.

Children who get infected with COVID-19 can also develop serious complications like multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) — a condition where different body parts become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. As of May 2022, more than 8,200 cases of MIS-C have been reported in children.

How can you protect children from COVID-19 infection?

Last Updated: August 9, 2022