While COVID-19 continues to spread in North Carolina, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) wants to give parents and families 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.
COVID-19 vaccines are 100% effective in teens.
The vaccines are found to be safe for children ages 12 - 17.
Vaccines are available at no cost for Blue Cross NC members.
Talk to your child's doctor about COVID-19 vaccines
It's important to discuss all of your child's medical care with their doctor. That includes vaccines for COVID-19. Here are a few questions to ask your pediatrician before scheduling a vaccine appointment:
- What are the benefits of my child getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
- Are the vaccines safe for my child?
- Are the vaccines for children effective?
- How old does my child have to be to get the vaccine?
- Will my child have side effects after getting the vaccine?
- Can my child get the COVID-19 vaccine 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.
Although long-term side effects are unlikely, there are some side effects your child could experience after the COVID-19 vaccine. 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
- Muscle aches
Talk to your child's doctor if you need help managing side effects or if they seem to get worse.
Chris Morris is, for the most part, a typical 16-year-old. He loves his friends, he enjoys art, and he’s on his high school’s robotics team. But one thing makes him a little different from his peers right now: He was one of the first kids in the world to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.