Answering Your Questions About Getting Kids Vaccinated Against Covid

What parents should know

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Can Covid make kids sick?

The vast majority of kids experience mild to moderate disease if they get infected. But some kids can become very sick, spread it to their families, suffer complications such as MIS-C, or develop long Covid.

How do we know Covid vaccines are safe and effective for kids?

Pfizer and Moderna both conducted extensive clinical trials that were then reviewed by independent scientists and medical experts. Both of the trials had large sample sizes (Pfizer included 4,500 children and Moderna included 6,300 children) to assess safety and vaccine effectiveness. In both trials, no significant safety concerns were raised.

Why did it take so long for vaccines to be made available to kids under 5?

Kids are not tiny adults — they have a different physiology, which means it’s important to have careful, rigorous studies of new vaccines or medications . In the U.S., we use a clinical trial method called “age de-escalation”. This means we test new vaccines in older populations first and when we see that they are safe and effective, we move down in age groups.

How can we convince parents who may be on the fence to vaccinate their young children against Covid?

We need to equip trusted messengers — such as pediatricians, family doctors, health departments, school officials, and other parents — with the information and tools necessary to communicate that vaccines for young children are safe and effective.

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President and CEO, Resolve to Save Lives | Former CDC Director and NYC Health Commissioner | Focused on saving lives. twitter.com/drtomfrieden

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Dr. Tom Frieden

President and CEO, Resolve to Save Lives | Former CDC Director and NYC Health Commissioner | Focused on saving lives. twitter.com/drtomfrieden