COVID-19 Vaccines and Kids

COVID-19 Vaccines and Kids

Vaccinating children against COVID-19 helps protect them and their families from severe illness and reduces spread of the virus. Find out about the authorized vaccines, how they work, possible side effects and the benefits of having your children vaccinated.

Schedule a Vaccine Appointment

UH Rainbow pediatric primary care patients:
Call your pediatrician's office directly.

Not a current patient?
Call the UH Rainbow Vaccine Clinic: 216-983-0012.
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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Getting a Vaccine at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is now providing COVID-19 vaccines to children age 5 and older and booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children age 12 and older five months after completion of the second dose.

In addition, children ages 5 through 11 who have undergone solid organ transplantation, or who have been diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise are eligible for a third COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Children younger than age 18 must present at the vaccination appointment a printed and completed consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian. Children younger than age 18 who are not emancipated must have parental consent for any vaccine.

A parent or legal guardian should accompany the minor to receive the vaccine, unless vaccination occurs in a physician’s office, school-based or school-associated clinic setting or similar setting.

After receiving the vaccine, your child will need to stay for 15 minutes for observation, and then will receive a card stating he or she has received the COVID-19 vaccine.

To Schedule an Appointment

If you are a UH Rainbow pediatric primary care patient, please call your pediatric office directly to schedule your vaccine.

If your child does not have a UH Rainbow primary care pediatrician, your child can be vaccinated at a UH Rainbow vaccine clinic. Call 216-983-0012 to schedule. You do not have to be a UH Rainbow patient to receive COVID-19 vaccination at our vaccine clinics.

UH Rainbow vaccination clinics are located at UH Cleveland Medical Center (Lerner Tower), UH Management Services Center in Shaker Heights and Seasons of Life in Parma.

Please know you must have a scheduled appointment with us to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We are unable at this time to vaccinate people on a drop-in basis.

Children & Teens Can Get and Spread COVID-19

Fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults. However, children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, can get sick from COVID-19, and can spread the virus that causes COVID-19.

Like adults, children who have COVID-19 but have no symptoms (“asymptomatic”) can still spread the virus to others.

Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. However, some children can get severely ill from COVID-19. They might require hospitalization, intensive care or a ventilator to help them breathe. In rare cases, they might die.

To keep updated on current COVID-19 trends in children, visit the Ohio Department of Health – COVID 19 Dashboards for Children and Schools.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Safety

Clinical leaders at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s believe that these vaccines, which were thoroughly vetted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are recommended for the protection of each individual and the community against COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccines were studied in clinical trials for safety and efficacy according to rigorous standards set by the FDA before being made available for public use. Study protocols and results are available to the public to ensure transparency.

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