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Can the vaccine give my child COVID?

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Rhea Boyd, MD explains that the COVID vaccines do not use a live virus and won’t give your child COVID.
There’s no way that any of the COVID vaccines can give your child COVID. The reason is because they are not live vaccines. COVID is not in the vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine only includes a tiny recipe to build just a tiny part of the COVID virus. And so, it’s important that parents know your kids will never get COVID from getting the vaccine. Neither will you.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

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