Answers to Tough Questions about Public Health
September 9, 2022
The CDC now recommends that children and adolescents age 6 months and older get a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Children age 5 and older who receive the Pfizer vaccine should get a booster at least 5 months after their second shot.
COVID-19 has become one of the top 10 causes of pediatric death, and tens of thousands of children and teens have been hospitalized because of the virus. While children and adolescents are typically at lower risk than adults of becoming severely ill or hospitalized from COVID-19, the effects of the virus are unpredictable. Vaccination is the best way to protect children from COVID-19.
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. Before it was authorized for children across age groups, scientists and medical experts reviewed safety and effectiveness data from clinical trials involving thousands of children.