What are the COVID-19 vaccine side effects for children?

The CDC has granted their approval for the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5-11, so parents are beginning to prepare.

The FDA has shared the list of the most common side effects for kids when receiving the vaccine.

After the first dose

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Joint pain
  • Fever
  • Vomiting

Related: CVS and Walgreens are allowing parents to make their kids appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine


After the second dose

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Joint pain
  • Vomiting

Studies have shown the side effects between kids and adults are the same.

One thing to remain aware of are the chances of myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart, which may show up more often as more kids get vaccinated.

Myocarditis was seen most often in men under 30 that had the vaccine. It can also be caused by COVID-19.

Related: Why hasn’t the FDA approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for kids yet? They want to investigate rare side effect

Former FDA commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, believes once children are vaccinated the pandemic will phase out. After the pandemic, the next phase of the virus in the endemic. It may become seasonal at that point. The vaccination of children greatly decreases the chance of spread.


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