Children, Teens & Vaccines
Children 5 and older can now get COVID-19 vaccinations. Once they are fully protected, they don't have to quarantine if they're a close contact of a COVID case, as long as they don’t have symptoms. Learn more from the FAQs below, or visit our other FAQ page. You can also learn more about the Emergency Use Authorization process by watching this video.
Minor consent forms for Pfizer are now available in English and Spanish.
What's your reason to vaccinate?
What vaccine can kids receive?
The Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine is the only one authorized for ages 5-17. This vaccine is administered as a series of two doses, three weeks apart. Appointments are available days, nights and weekends. Vaccine is available in many places you probably already visit often, including pharmacies and grocery stores. You can visit MyTurn.ca.gov to make an appointment in your area.
Why should kids be vaccinated?
Most children do not generally become as sick as adults do, but some have become severely ill with COVID-19. Children can also experience “long COVID,” even when they have mild or no symptoms. We still don’t know the long-term impacts of COVID-19 in children, including on the heart and nervous system. Children can also spread the disease to people in their family and others who may be at risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death.
Does the COVID vaccine affect fertility?
No, getting vaccinated for COVID-19 does not interfere with girls' or boys' future fertility. There's a lot of misinformation about this, and you can find the facts here.
Does the COVID vaccine cause myocarditis?
Compared to the potential risks of COVID-19 infection in kids ages 5-17, myocarditis is rare. Children are more at risk of myocarditis after multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a serious illness from COVID-19 infection. Learn more here.
Can my child get a COVID vaccine with their other immunizations?
Yes, your child can get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other immunizations they need. Watch this video for more information.
Is this a different vaccine and what is the dosage?
Pfizer's Comirnaty vaccine for children ages 5-11 contains a smaller about of the same mRNA material that has been given safely to millions of youth. Children under 12 receive two 10-microgram (mcg) doses administered at least 21 days apart. This dosage is one-third of the adolescent and adult dosage of two 30-microgram doses.
If my child had COVID already, do they need the vaccine?
Yes. The vaccine will help protect your child from getting COVID again. Plus, getting fully vaccinated will help prevent serious illness or hospitalization if they do get infected again. Learn more about why it's important for everyone in the family to get the COVID vaccine once they're eligible.
Will younger kids experience the same side effects as adolescents and adults?
Yes, some children may experience side effects, which are normal signs that the body is building protection. They may affect daily activities for a short time but should not be serious. The risks from COVID-19 far outweigh the possible mild side effects from the vaccine.
I still have some concerns about getting my child vaccinated.
We agree that decisions about a child's health shouldn't be made lightly. There is a lot of misinformation circulating, but there are also a lot of trustworthy resources where you can learn more, including:
- A video of the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, epidemiologists and the medical director of a pediatric intensive care unit answering questions regarding the vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds.
- An article explaining why children should be vaccinated as soon as possible by parent and immunologist Gigi Gronvall, PhD.
- Vaccine mythbusters, created by the California Department of Public Health, in English and Spanish.
- Answers to common questions parents have, given by pediatricians.