COVID-19 in Kids
As of October 2021, there have been more than 1.9 million cases of COVID-19 among children ages 5 to 11 in the U.S. since the onset of the pandemic.
More than 39,200 of those cases were in Colorado with over 210 children ages 5 to 11 being hospitalized due to COVID-19.
“Getting kids vaccinated and maintaining a high level of vaccination coverage in our community will help protect kids and make social activities like birthday parties, sleepovers, group sports, and other activities kids have missed out on a lot safer.”
—Dr. Rusha Lev, Pediatrician in Denver and a Parent
Get your child vaccinated to protect against COVID-19
How to get a COVID-19 Vaccine for your kid
What to expect when getting the vaccine
Before you visit
Talk to your child before the visit about what to expect.
Anyone under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian's consent. Talk to your provider to see if you should be present at your child’s vaccination appointment or if you provide parental consent over the phone or in writing.
During Your visit
Health care providers, parents, and children ages 2+ should wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
Review the fact sheet that tells you more about the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and discuss any questions or concerns you have with the provider.
Tell the doctor or nurse about any allergies your child may have.
You should get a vaccination card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine your child received, the date they received it, and where they received it.
After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, you will be asked to stay for 15-30 minutes so your child can be observed for any reactions.
After your visit
Children may have some side effects similar to those seen in adults and with other vaccines. Side effects are normal signs that their body is building protection.
Common side effects include pain at the injection site, tiredness, and headaches. These side effects should go away in a few days.
Ask about getting started with the CDC's V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker.