The COVID-19 vaccine for kids
Does the vaccine work for kids?
- Pfizer’s study of 2,260 adolescents found the two-dose shot was 100% effective at protecting against symptomatic COVID-19 in 12-15-year-olds. In the vaccine clinical trial, about half of the subjects received two doses of vaccine three weeks apart, while the rest of the subjects received placebos.
- There were no cases of COVID-19 in the children who received the Pfizer vaccine and 16 cases in the children in the placebo group, according to the FDA. The trial also found that vaccinated adolescents had high levels of antibodies—a sign that they had developed strong protective immunity.
What about side effects?
- The most common side effects of the vaccine are mild flu-like symptoms such as fever, muscle aches and chills, according to the CDC and Pfizer. It was common to experience chills (49%) or muscle pain (42%). Other, less frequent side effects reported included fever, joint pain and nausea.
Why should our kids get vaccinated?
- Two shots of the Pfizer vaccine are required for full effectiveness, each scheduled about 21 days apart.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration extended its emergency use authorization for the vaccine in 12 to 15 year-olds on Monday, May 10.