Pediatric Healthcare Professionals COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit
As parents’ most trusted source of information on vaccines, pediatric healthcare professionals play a critical role in helping parents/guardians understand the importance of COVID-19 vaccination and assuring them that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
Your strong recommendation is critical for vaccine acceptance. Tell parents/guardians how important COVID-19 vaccines are to protecting their children’s health.
Remind parents that after their family is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, they may start to do some things they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
Even if you are not administering COVID-19 vaccines, you can help parents/guardians feel confident in choosing to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 by addressing their questions and assuring them of the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.
The materials on this page will help you share clear and accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines when starting or continuing conversations with parents/guardians, as well as information for those who choose not to vaccinate their child.
Only healthcare professionals enrolled as vaccination providers directly through a health practice or organization can legally store, handle, and administer COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. Learn more about becoming a COVID-19 Vaccination Provider: How to Enroll as a COVID-19 Vaccination Provider.
Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines
On May 12, 2021, ACIP issued an interim recommendation for use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents ages 12–15 years under the Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization. Read the updated Interim Clinical Considerations for use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine which are pertinent to adolescents.
Answering Parent/Guardian Questions about COVID-19 Vaccine
This information can help you prepare for common questions and conversations with parents/guardians.
- Adolescent Vaccines
This page contains information for parents/guardians on preparing for vaccination for their child, what to expect during their child’s visit, side effects, and more.
- Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
Share the benefits of vaccination with parents/guardians and that it is a safe way to build protection. Remind parents that after their family is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, they may start to do some things they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
- Coadministration of Vaccines: COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines on the same day, as well as coadministration within 14 days.
- Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines
Accurate information is critical and can help stop common vaccine myths and rumors. This page has information for talking with parents/guardians about common vaccine myths.
- V-safe After Vaccination Checker
V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Print Materials to Give to Parents
Providing educational resources to parents will help them understand the importance of vaccinating their children against COVID-19, answer many of their questions about vaccination, and reinforce your recommendation.
These materials can be printed and given to parents, or posted in exam rooms and waiting rooms to foster conversation and make vaccination information visible.
- Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines (available in multiple languages)
- Stopping the COVID-19 Pandemic is Going to Take All of Our Toolspdf icon
- COVID-19 Vaccines for Preteens and Teenspdf icon [168 KB, 2 pages]
- What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccinepdf icon [199 KB, 1 page]
- How mRNA Vaccines Work (available in multiple languages)
Printable stickers to provide to people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine Compatible with full-sheet sticker paper or standard precut 1 2/3” labels
View and Download COVID-19 Vaccine Stickers (available in Spanish)