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Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe to give to my child?

dr. Stephanie Stovall

Jayme King, a pharmacist for Lee Health, prepares a Pfizer vaccine for a teen in a mobile vaccination clinic at Family Health Centers in Lehigh Acres.

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe for children and adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help prevent the potentially deadly virus.

COVID-19 vaccines are monitored for safety with the most comprehensive and intensive safety monitoring program in US history.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), clinical trials involving thousands of children have been conducted and there were no serious side effects related to the vaccine. Clinical studies in children aged 5-11 have shown the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be 90.7% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19. Vaccination can also help prevent children from becoming seriously ill, even if they do get COVID-19.

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