COVID-19 Vaccination and Children- What to know with Dr. Payal Kohli

We sat down with 9Health Expert, Dr. Payal Kohli to ask her some questions about the COVID-19 vaccination and children. Watch the whole video here:

Here are some highlights:

What reactions might children have to vaccine?

  • Very similar to adults- fever, muscle aches, fatigue, headaches
  • Since the dose is smaller, the reactions aren’t as severe as adults

What should a parent do if their child has a reaction?

  • Just wait it out if mild symptoms
  • Don’t give your child ibuprofen or Tylenol before getting the vaccination
  • Talk to pediatrician if any questions

How many doses will children need and how spread apart?

  • Children will need two doses and spread out about 21 days
  • Children are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after second dose

How is this vaccine different than one for adults?

  • Same type of vaccine, but lower dose
    • Only 10 micrograms for children, adults are receiving 30 micrograms

Why should children be vaccinated against COVID-19?

  • For the safety of children and get them protected
  • Protect the adults around them
  • Help finish the fight of COVID-19

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