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 and 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 and guardians how important COVID-19 vaccines are to protecting their children’s health.
Remind parents that fully vaccinated people are less likely to spread the virus that causes COVID-19. Getting all family members 12 years and older vaccinated can protect other family members around you, including people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Even if you are not administering COVID-19 vaccines, you can help parents and 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.
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, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (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 that are pertinent to adolescents.
Answering Parents and Guardians Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination
Prepare for common questions and conversations with parents and guardians so you can share clear and accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines.
- COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens
This page contains information for parents and guardians on preparing for their child’s COVID-19 vaccination, 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 and guardians and explain that it is a safe way to build protection. Getting all family members 12 years and older vaccinated can protect other family members.
- 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. Reassure parents that there is no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause female or male fertility problems.
- 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 someone receives a COVID-19 vaccine.
Print Materials to Give to Parents and Guardians
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.
- COVID-19 Vaccines for Preteens and Teens [168 KB, 2 pages]
- 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)