COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Children and Teens

Submitted by cchern on Mon, 11/08/2021 - 11:13
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CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.

cdc covid-19 vaccine chart for everyone 5 and up

On October 29, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include children 5 through 11 years of age. The authorization was based on the FDA’s thorough and transparent evaluation of the data that included input from independent advisory committee experts who overwhelmingly voted in favor of making the vaccine available to children in this age group.

Key points for parents and caregivers:

  • Effectiveness: Immune responses of children 5 through 11 years of age were comparable to those of individuals 16 through 25 years of age. In addition, the vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children 5 through 11.
  • Safety: The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children age 5 through 11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study.

 

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Last updated: Nov. 9, 2021