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COVID-19 Vaccines and Kids

COVID-19 Vaccines and Kids

Vaccinating children against COVID-19 helps provide immunity for youngsters, while helping to stem the spread of the virus and curb mutations that lead to new, more severe virus variants. Find out about the authorized vaccines, how they work, possible side effects and the benefits of having your children vaccinated.


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UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s and COVID-19 Vaccines

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s is now providing vaccines to teenagers age 12 and older. Children must bring to the vaccination appointment a printed and completed consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Children under age 18 who are not emancipated must have parental consent for any vaccine. A parent or legal guardian generally should accompany the minor to receive the vaccine, unless administration of the vaccine occurs in a physician’s office, school-based or school-associated clinic setting or similar setting.

You do not have to be a UH Rainbow patient to receive COVID-19 vaccination at our Vaccine Clinic.

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.

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.


Want to Know More About COVID-19 and Kids?

Learn about COVID-19 effects on children and young adults, testing and how to talk to kids about going back to school in addition to finding parent resources and more.

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.

Introducing the UH Vaccine Playbook

Cover page to UH Healthy Restart Vaccine Playbook

The UH Vaccine Playbook is a free, downloadable guide designed to address the most important questions surrounding COVID-19 vaccines, including how they work, safety and effectiveness.

Why All Eligible People Should Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine

Martin Bocks, MD, Princess Ogbogi, MD and Aparna Bole, MD

Martin Bocks, MD, Princess Ogbogu, MD and Aparna Bole, MD discuss how vaccinating all family members is important in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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COVID-19 Vaccine and Children Frequently Asked Questions

What Parents Should Know About COVID-19 Vaccines

It’s a misconception that COVID-19 only affects adults. As Amy Edwards, MD, Rainbow pediatric infectious disease specialist explains, it’s significantly worse than other respiratory viruses children typically face. In addition, teens are playing a significant role in the spread of COVID-19.

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Best Source of Info About Vaccines: Your Doctor

Hearing that vaccines are safe and effective directly from someone trained expressly in the medical care of children provides the reassurance that many parents need to move forward with vaccinating their children.

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Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

We talked with UH Rainbow pediatric infectious disease specialist Amy Edwards, MD, to learn more about why children should get a COVID-19 vaccine and the part that children can play in stopping spread of the disease – and halting development of coronavirus variants.

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