What about side effects for kids from the COVID vaccine?

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

Shaquita Bell, MD explains for most kids, like adults, the side effects after a COVID vaccine are mild and go a way in a few days.

You can get soreness and headache and muscle pain and sort of feel a little bit sick for 24 to 48 hours. But for children, it seems like their, children are having less, less side-effects. So, they’re not feeling as, they’re not reporting as many side effects and the side effects they do have don’t seem to be very severe. It kind of makes sense, right? Most kids will play and do whatever they’re going to do no matter what and most adults will stop doing anything if they have a moment of discomfort. So, it sort of tracks with how we view adulthood and and childhood, but the vaccines have been extremely effective if not even a little bit more effective in children than they are in adults and very well tolerated by children.

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