COVID-19 vaccine for children: What to know about potential side effects

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A pharmacist holding a COVID-19 vaccine vial.

Jacob Toth, Staff Writer

The COVID-19 vaccine has been recommended by the CDC and FDA to use Pfizer’s pediatric version of the vaccine for children ages 5-11 years old. There are some potential side effects that you may want to know about before you get your child vaccinated.

In order to prevent any major side effects, try to avoid giving your child any kind of pain reliever meds. The CDC also says that after your child is vaccinated, you must check with their doctor before giving them any kind of pain-relief medications.

The symptoms that a child may or may not experience after the vaccine are very similar to what an adult may experience.

Some of the potential side effects include pain, swelling, and redness in the arm where the shot is injected. It is also possible that fatigue may appear as a side effect.

The most important thing is to remember to always talk to your child’s pediatrician before taking them to get the vaccination. It is also very important that your child stays for 15 minutes after getting the vaccination to prevent the possibility of fainting. Sitting or lying down is the best option to avoid these risks.