COVID-19 VACCINE FAQs
The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that everyone 12 years of age and older get a COVID-19 vaccination.
Is it safe for my child to get the COVID vaccine?
Yes. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
Pfizer and BioNTech conducted trials in more than 2,000 adolescents ages 12-15 with half randomized to receive the vaccine and half to receive a placebo. The most common side effects in adolescents were pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain, fever and joint pain, consistent with trials in older teens and adults.
Children 12 years and older are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, including studies in children 12 years and older. Your child cannot get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine.
Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is the only one available to children 12 years and older.
Why should my child get vaccinated against COVID?
COVID-19 vaccination can help protect your child from getting COVID-19. Although fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, can get sick from COVID-19, and can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others. Getting your child vaccinated helps to protect your child and your family. It will decrease transmission within families, and it will contribute to community immunity and allow kids to more safely go back to camps this summer and back to in-person school.
Can I have my child vaccinated for COVID at Genesis Pediatrics?
Not at this time. We are working diligently to make this happen in the near future!
Where can I get my child vaccinated at this time?
Please visit https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ to determine where and when you can schedule an appointment for your child.