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What are common side effects for kids after the COVID vaccine?

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

Pediatrician Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH explains that kids get similar side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine as adults and teens, which are generally mild and go away in a few days.
The side effects that kids experience are mild and they’re ones we saw for other age groups, like teenagers and young adults, things like pain at your injection site, which might be in your upper arm or aches and pains, fevers, chills, things that are commonly treated with over the counter medications and typically only last a couple of days. We have not seen serious side effects among the 5 to 11-year-old group from the clinical trials. All of that tells us the vaccine is safe for them.

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