Would COVID-19 vaccination side effects be the same in children as adults?

May 11, 2021 8:12 pm

Generally, yes.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, that has received FDA authorization of their COVID-19 vaccine for administration in children 12 and up, has reported that side effects of the shots appear to be similar in children and adults. Your child might notice pain at the injection site (upper arm) and could feel more tired than usual. Headache, achy muscles or joints, and even fever and chills are also possible. These side effects, which can be managed by acetaminophen or ibuprofen, are usually temporary and generally clear up within 48 hours.

A special thanks to pediatric colleagues of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, for answering questions in the community for parents and guardians.

posted 5/12/21 @ 9:45 am

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