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UPDATE
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
UPDATE
The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More information is available here.
UPDATE
Travel requirements to enter the United States are changing, starting November 8, 2021. More information is available here.

Protect Children and Teens from COVID-19

Protect Children and Teens from COVID-19
Updated Dec. 9, 2021
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Children Can Get COVID-19

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Some children with COVID-19 feel fine.

Some children with COVID-19 feel bad.

Some children with COVID-19 get very sick.

COVID-19 can spread from children to other people.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Are Important

COVID-19 vaccines help keep children from getting COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccines help keep children from getting very sick if they get COVID-19.

Everyone ages 5 years and older should get the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines help protect children and their families.

COVID-19 vaccines help keep children safer in school.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Are Safe

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COVID-19 vaccines are safe for children.

COVID-19 vaccines work very well.

Children cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccines.

After Children Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

Some children will feel fine after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Some children may feel sick after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Some children may feel tired.

Your child should feel better in a few days.

Call your doctor if you are worried about how your child feels.

Children Five Years and Older Can Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

Your child can get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have health problems.

Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

Teens ages 12 and older get the same size dose as adults.

Children ages 5 through 11 years get a smaller dose that is the right size for them.

Your child should get a second COVID-19 shot three weeks after the first shot.

Finding a COVID-19 Vaccine for Your Child is Easy

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COVID-19 vaccine is free.

Ask your doctor, pharmacy, or health department if they have a COVID-19 vaccine for your child.

Visit www.vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.

For more information visit COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens