COVID-19 Vaccination Information for Kids & Teens

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the emergency use of three COVID-19 vaccines in the United States: A Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19 for people 12 years of age and older as well as Johnson & Johnson and Moderna for people age 18 and over. There is no vaccine approved yet for children under age 12. We are following Massachusetts Department of Public Health criteria regarding guidance on prioritization.

Some of us are getting vaccinated to keep our patients safe. Others just want to see our grandparents again. Watch our video to learn why Boston Children’s employees and patients say they’re choosing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines in kids and teens

Clinical trials have taken place in teens as young as 12 years old. The results of phase 1 and 2 trials of several vaccines administered to thousands of adults demonstrate these vaccines are safe and well-tolerated in adults.

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When will the COVID-19 vaccines for be available for kids?

Testing has begun in children 6 months to age 12 years, but there are a few steps in the process.

COVID vaccine in kids

Vaccine eligibility 

How will I know when my child is eligible to get the vaccine?
When will my child be eligible to receive the vaccine?
As my child’s caregiver, am I also eligible to be vaccinated?
Where will my child get the vaccine?

Educating kids about the COVID-19 vaccine


Vaccine update for Boston Children's patients

The process of vaccinating our eligible patients will take several weeks. Please wait to hear from us to see if your child is eligible. You won’t need to call the hospital — instead, we will reach out by email or phone to schedule a vaccination appointment.

While we are eager to be a vaccine resource, we encourage you to take advantage of any opportunity to schedule a vaccination appointment through state and local health care organizations and agencies by visiting

Because every state is a little different, we encourage Boston Children’s families outside Massachusetts to get vaccinated in your home state as soon as you are eligible, instead of waiting for your child to receive their vaccine at Boston Children’s.

At Boston Children’s, we’re vaccinating eligible patients against COVID-19.

Here’s what to expect.

Scheduling your child’s vaccine if they are a Boston Children's patient

When will you call me about scheduling an appointment for COVID-19 vaccine?
If I receive a call to schedule my child’s COVID-19 vaccine appointment and decide not to schedule it at that time, will I have another chance later?
How many family members can I bring to my child’s vaccine (e.g. siblings)?
Is there transportation assistance available for COVID-19 vaccine appointments?

What is the difference between the COVID-19 vaccines?

Two experts in infectious disease talk about the Pfizer & Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, safety, and what needs to happen before we can stop wearing masks.

Difference between covid vaccines
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Questions about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

Dr. Ofer Levy, director of Boston Children’s Precision Vaccines Program, weighs in.

Learn how Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, a third vaccine, was developed.

Vaccine safety

Does my child actually need the second vaccine?
My child has already had COVID-19. Do they still need the vaccine?
Should my child get the COVID-19 vaccine if they are currently sick with COVID-19?
Will the vaccine affect my child’s future fertility?
Are the vaccines being tested in children under the age of 16?
When will my child be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe for children?
Are there side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
Are the COVID-19 vaccines effective in children?
Should I be worried about how quickly these vaccines were created?
How many doses will my child need?
After my child gets a COVID-19 vaccine, can we stop wearing masks?
How much will the vaccine cost me?

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Truth about the COVID-19 vaccine

Es natural tener preguntas sobre las vacunas contra el COVID-19. La Dra. Frinny Polanco Walters del Hospital Boston Children's responde algunas de las preguntas mas frecuentes. “Algunas de las preguntas o comentarios que he escuchado son que las vacunas se crearon muy rápido o tienen efectos secundarios graves”.

You’ve had the COVID-19 vaccine. What now?

You’ve had the COVID-19 vaccine. What can you do now? Our infectious disease expert shares explains you should know.

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Guidelines for vaccinated people

The CDC recently released new guidelines for gatherings and masking for vaccinated people as COVID-19 vaccinations are on the rise in the U.S. Infectious Diseases specialist, Dr. Tom Sandora, breaks down the new guidance and what this means for you and your family.