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COVID-19 vaccine for children and teens

COVID-19 vaccinations for children and teens at Vecino's Airline Children's Clinic

Vecino's Airline Children's Clinic is providing vaccination services to patients ages 12 through 17 by appointment. New patients are always welcome!

With the COVID-19 vaccine now available for children and teens ages 12 and up, many parents have questions.

The pediatricians at Vecino Health Centers are helping to make the latest information available and easy to understand. Here, they provide answers to some of the most common questions.

Should my child or teen get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, children 12-years old and older should get vaccinated for COVID-19. With new variant strains of the virus — which seem to be more contagious — and more in-person activities, the virus is still being transmitted.

Just like adults, children need protection from the virus for their health and the health of their family and friends. And if they do catch the virus, it’s likely that they’ll not get as sick as they could without the vaccine.

People who are fully vaccinated can resume many of the activities that they did prior to the pandemic.

The vaccine was found to be highly effective in children ages 12-15 in a recent clinical trial.

Can my child get other needed vaccinations at the same appointment?

Yes! This is a good time to get children caught up on routine checkups and other vaccinations. Schedule a Well Check Exam to be sure children are up to date on all routine immunizations. The COVID-19 vaccine can be safely given at the same visit. 

What are the side effects of the COVID vaccine on children and teens?

Most children who get vaccinated only experience mild side effects like soreness at the injection site, fever, or fatigue. Headaches, muscle aches, and nausea are also possible. These are completely normal and a sign that their bodies are building immunity to the virus. Side effects usually go away on their own within 48 hours. 

Do children and teens get the same dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as adults? 

Yes. Children over age 12 can safely receive the same dose as adults.

Vaccine makers are currently testing the COVID-19 vaccine in children younger than 12 years old. When approved, it’s possible that these vaccines could have different doses than those given to adults. 

Which vaccine will my child or teen receive?

Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for children 12 to 17 years old. Anyone who is 18 or older should get whichever vaccine is available to them.

Do children and teens really need the second dose of the vaccine?

Yes! No one is fully protected from COVID-19 until two weeks after receiving the second dose, so it’s important to get second dose three weeks after the first one. 

My child had COVID. Does she still need to be vaccinated?

Yes. Although having COVID-19 can provide some protection from getting sick with the virus again, we still don’t know how long that protection lasts. The vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect you and your child or teen against COVID-19.