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If my child had COVID do they need a vaccine?

Pediatricians and other experts answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Yes! Infectious disease epidemiologist Jessica Malaty Rivera, MS explains that children, like adults, who have had COVID-19 need a vaccine to protect from serious illness.
So, the vaccine is recommended for anybody regardless of previous infection because we know that previous infection doesn’t mount the same type of protection long-term as vaccine-induced immunity. So, even if children have had the virus before and have been sick with COVID, the only recommendation there is to wait until they’re fully recovered before they can start vaccination.

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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Everyone ages 5+ can get a COVID-19 vaccine, and those 12+ can get a booster shot.

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