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5/11/21blog post

FAQs on the COVID-19 vaccine in kids age 12-15

Dr. Alter answers parent's frequently asked questions about the vaccine 


  1. How do I know the vaccine is safe for my child?
    The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been rigorously tested for safety before being made available to the public. The vaccine’s safety and effectiveness were studied in 2,260 children, 12-15 years-old, before a request for emergency use authorization was made to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). .
  2. Will my child have similar side effects to the vaccine as adults have had?
    Based on what has been reported so far, side effects of the vaccine in children, ages 12-15, have been similar to those seen in older adolescents and adults. Many children have not experienced any side effects at all.
  3. Children seem to be not as affected by COVID-19 as adults. Why should I give my child the vaccine?
    In general, children and adolescents are less likely to develop severe COVID-19 infection compared to adults. However, some children will develop severe disease or complications from infection, such as MIS-C. Children account for about 25% of the U.S. population, so getting them vaccinated will be critical for achieving herd immunity and ultimately ending this pandemic. This vaccine acts as another shield of armor against the virus and will protect children, their families and our communities.
  4. How effective is Pfizer’s vaccine in children?
    Pfizer’s initial data has shown that the vaccine is 100% effective for preventing COVID-19 infection in 12 to 15-year-olds.
  5. Will the COVID-19 vaccine impact my child’s fertility?
    There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine affects future fertility in children or adults.
  6. Will the COVID-19 vaccine interfere with the typical childhood vaccinations that my child needs?

    No, the CDC and AAP have stated that the COVID-19 vaccine can be given with other childhood vaccinations. Communicate with your pediatrician about your child's vaccine schedule.

  7. When will my child be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine? And, where can we go to get the vaccine?

    The Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health will be providing additional guidance as to how the vaccine will be rolled out to this age group. Dayton Children's will be offering the vaccine and will provide more details when available.