The science is clear on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines in combatting the COVID-19 virus. However, since the virus is evolving, so will the information on vaccines.
Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the use of COVID-19 vaccine boosters and additional vaccine doses for individuals who are eligible, including children ages 5 years and older as well as all teens.
To help you make sense of this latest recommendation, we at IK Medical Diagnostic Services, as your trusted provider of laboratory services in Albany, GA, have prepared answers to the most commonly asked questions about pediatric shots and boosters.
Who Can Get Vaccinated?
- 4 years and under – No vaccines authorized
- 5 to 11 years old – Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot only
- 12 to 17 years old – Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot only
- 18 years and older – either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines)
See the CDC’s guide for vaccination here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/children-teens.html.
- Who Can Get Boosters?
Everyone ages 18 years and older can get a booster shot of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines).
Those who received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) vaccine should wait for at least 2 months before having a booster.
- Are Booster and Pediatric COVID-19 Doses Safe?
Yes, they have undergone laboratory and clinical trials, Emergency Use Authorizations or full FDA approval, and tracked through vaccine monitoring systems.
- Are There Side Effects of Boosters and Vaccines to Kids?
Yes, but no more different than side effects for adults. Some common side effects include fever, chills, and body aches, among others.
Is your child vaccinated yet? Make sure they are protected. We offer COVID vaccinations and testing around Albany, GA for your convenience.