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On November 3, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director signed off on the recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. An estimated 28 million children are now eligible for the pediatric dose, and the CDC highly recommends they get it.
While COVID-19 tends to be milder in children compared with adults, it can make children very sick and cause children to be hospitalized. In some situations, the complications from infection can lead to death.
Although children are at a lower risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19 compared with adults, children can:
Children with underlying medical conditions are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with children without underlying medical conditions. Children who get infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 can also develop serious complications like multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C)—a condition where different body parts become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.
For some immunocompromised children aged 5–11 years old, CDC now recommends an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to complete the primary series – a total of three doses.
For more information about the booster go to www.vacunatehoy.org/3rd-booster.html
Protect Unvaccinated Children
Unvaccinated children ages 2 years and older should wear a mask in public spaces and around people they don’t live with. Learn more about protecting unvaccinated family members.
The experience of getting a COVID-19 vaccine will be very similar to the experience of getting routine vaccines. Use our tips to support your child before, during, and after routine vaccinations when they get a COVID-19 vaccine:
Your child may have some side effects, which are normal signs that their body is building protection.
On the arm where your child got the shot:
Throughout the rest of their body: