As of June 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends children ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against COVID-19. The decision was made after reviewing data from clinical trials involving thousands of children, confirming the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness.
Benefits of the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children
Per the CDC, the vaccine is the best way to protect children from becoming severely ill or having long-lasting health impacts due to COVID-19. Vaccines work with the immune system so it is ready to fight a virus if exposed.
Additional benefits of children getting vaccinated include:
- Protecting friends, family and the greater community.
- Increased family confidence for children participating in childcare, school, and other activities.
To learn more about the benefits of pediatric vaccines, talk to your doctor and check out Getting Children and Teens Vaccinated Against COVID-19.
Pediatric Vaccine Availability
Distribution of pediatric vaccinations has started across the country. The CDC recommends either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for younger children. To find a vaccine provider in your area, check out:
- Vaccines.gov to find vaccination providers near you.
- Alaska Department of Health and Safety
- COVID-19 Vaccine Interim COVID-19 Immunization Schedule for 6 Months of Age and Older
CDC Resources for Vaccine Safety & Importance
- Quick Conversation Guide
- COVID-19 Vaccination for Children
- Vaccinating Children with Disabilities Against COVID-19
For more information, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics and CDC website.