Who is eligible for vaccination?
In mid-May, the Pfizer
COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for children as young as
12-years-old by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Pfizer
vaccine is also authorized for teens over age 16. Two other
vaccines manufactured by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are
authorized for individuals over the age of 18.
Is the Pifzer vaccine safe for children?
Before being made
available to the public, the Pfizer vaccine was thoroughly
tested to specifically evaluate its safety and effectiveness in
adolescents between the ages 12-15. Pfizer also released its
data showing that 100% of children responded positively with
good antibody responses to the vaccine in their trial.
The clinical trial studied
more than 2,000 children with some of the participants receiving
the COVID-19 vaccine, while others were given a placebo. The
trial results showed that none of the vaccine recipients
Why should my child
receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
At Cleveland Clinic
Children’s, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they
are eligible to receive the vaccine.
Vaccinating children is a
critical step to get the pandemic under control and return to a
normal life. In order to reach herd immunity, it’s estimated
that 50-80% percent of the population must be vaccinated, and
that includes kids.
While children have
generally had milder cases of COVID-19,
some children have become severely
ill from the virus or developed a rare COVID-related illness
called, multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C).
important to note that children can still transmit the virus.
Therefore, we believe it’s important to protect them and those
around them by getting them vaccinated.
Are there side effects
that I should be concerned with?
Similar to adults, children may also experience mild side
effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, serious side effects
in both adults and children are rare.
Common side effects include:
Soreness at the injection site
Will the vaccine
affect my child’s future fertility?
No. We understand that some parents are concerned about whether
the COVID-19 vaccine might affect their child’s ability to
conceive in adulthood, however, this concern is not backed by
science. There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine affects
an individual’s fertility.
In fact, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, urges everyone,
including pregnant women and those who would like to become
pregnant in the future, to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
When will younger children be vaccinated?
There are several drug companies working to expand their
COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials to include younger children and
babies as young as six months. At this moment, there is no
definitive timeline for when these vaccines will become
available to the public.
This will be a big step in our efforts to slow the spread of the
virus. These pediatric vaccine trials will help provide vital
safety data, and help us better understand the vaccine’s immune
response in children. In the meantime, as we wait, we should
continue to wear masks, social distance, wash hands frequently
and avoid gatherings.