The CDC has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech* and Moderna* COVID-19 vaccines for children between 6 months and 5 years
*All vaccines are subject to availability.
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Everyone older than 6 months is now eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine to protect against serious illnesses related to the COVID-19 virus. The J&J/Janssen vaccine is not authorized for anyone under 18 years of age. The bivalent Pfizer vaccine is recommended for everyone 12 years and older and the bivalent Moderna vaccine is recommended for adults 18 years and older.
The CDC says getting children vaccinated can help reduce disruptions to in-person learning at school and other activities, as it will help curb the spread of the virus throughout the community. All children, including kids who have already had COVID-19, should get vaccinated.
Here’s what parents and caregivers should know:
- The vaccine for children 6 months and older has been intensively tested and monitored for safety and will continue to be as children across the country receive the vaccine.
- Clinical trials found that the vaccine side effects were mild and similar to those seen in other routine vaccinations.
- The CDC notes that vaccination helps protect children from getting COVID-19 and reduces their risk of severe disease, hospitalizations, or developing long-term COVID-19 complications.
- The COVID-19 vaccine has been and continues to be, the most intensely monitored vaccine in U.S. history.
Make your appointment or walk into CHI health centers that offer pediatric services to get your child vaccinated against COVID-19. See the list of participating health centers and walk-in times at the bottom of this page.