COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters for Children

Talk to your child's doctor about getting them vaccinated

We want families to have as much information as possible to make the right health decisions for their children.

As with adults, getting children vaccinated is the best defense against the spread of COVID-19.

Vaccines and boosters are found to be safe for children and teens ages 5-17.


Teens 12-17 years old can only get the Pfizer booster.

Parental consent is required. 

There is no cost for Blue Cross NC members.

Talk to your child's doctor about COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.

It's important to discuss all of your child's medical care with their doctor. That includes vaccines and boosters for COVID-19. Here are a few questions to ask your pediatrician before scheduling an appointment:

  • What are the benefits of my child getting the COVID-19 vaccine and boosters?
  • Are the vaccines and boosters safe for my child?
  • Are the vaccines and boosters for children effective?
  • How old does my child have to be to get the vaccine and booster?
  • Will my child have side effects after getting the vaccine and booster?
  • Can my child get the COVID-19 vaccine or booster and other vaccines at the same time?

Once you've talked to your child's doctor and you feel comfortable, you can schedule a COVID-19 vaccine for them.

Are there any side effects I should be aware of?

Although long-term side effects are unlikely, there are some side effects your child could experience after the COVID-19 vaccine or booster. These are similar to what most adults experience and usually go away after a few days.

Common side effects:

  • Pain, redness or swelling in the child's arm or vaccination site
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

Talk to your child's doctor if you need help managing side effects or if they seem to get worse.

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