COVID-19 Vaccination Information for Kids & Teens

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Two COVID-19 vaccines have now received emergency use authorization in the United States by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We are following Massachusetts Department of Public Health criteria regarding guidance on prioritization.

Vaccine update for Boston Children's patients

Currently in Massachusetts, people age 65 or older and people age 16 or older with two or more specific medical conditions (listed here) are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

As a reminder, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the emergency use of a Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19 for people 16 years of age and older and Moderna for people age 18 and over. There is no vaccine approved yet for children under age 16.

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.

What’s the difference between the COVID-19 vaccines?

Difference between covid vaccines

Answers to questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

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?

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?

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?

Download the patient education sheet

Truth about the COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines in kids and teens: Is it safe?

Clinical trials have taken place in teens as young as 16 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. This suggests these same vaccines could begin being safely tested in children ages 12 and older.

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Educating kids about the COVID-19 vaccine