Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations for Children and Teens

COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations for Children and Teens

What You Need to Know

  • CDC recommends everyone ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Everyone 5 years and older should also get a COVID-19 booster, if eligible.
  • Use CDC’s COVID-19 booster tool to learn if and when your child or teen can get boosters to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 Vaccine Dosage Is Based on Age on the Day of Vaccination, Not on Size or Weight

Children get a smaller dose of COVID-19 vaccine than teens and adults that is the right amount for their age group.

COVID-19 primary series vaccination for children and teens

Child’s Age

Child’s Age

Child’s Age

Pfizer-BioNTech

Pfizer-BioNTech

Pfizer-BioNTech

Moderna

Moderna

Moderna

J&J/Janssen

J&J/Janssen

J&J/Janssen

6 months – 4 years old

Child’s Age

6 months – 4 years old

3-dose primary series

Pfizer-BioNTech

3-dose primary series

2-dose primary series

Moderna

2-dose primary series

Not authorized

J&J/Janssen

Not authorized

5 – 17 years old

Child’s Age

5 – 17 years old

2-dose primary series

Pfizer-BioNTech

2-dose primary series

2-dose primary series

Moderna

2-dose primary series

Not authorized

J&J/Janssen

Not authorized

Pfizer-BioNTech

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved for:

  • 6 months–4 years old: 3-dose primary series
  • 5–17 years old: 2-dose primary series

Moderna

Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are authorized for:

  • 6 months–17 years old: 2-dose primary series

J&J/Janssen

J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines are NOT authorized for children and teens 17 years and under

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines and dosage for children and teens, visit:

For information on an additional primary dose for children who have a weakened immune system, visit COVID-19 Vaccines for People Who Are Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised.

Learn more about recommended COVID-19 vaccine boosters.

Children and Teens Who Have Already Had COVID-19 Should Still Get Vaccinated

Emerging evidence indicates that people can get added protection by getting vaccinated after having been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Even if a child has had COVID-19, they should still get vaccinated. For children who have been infected with COVID-19, their next dose can be delayed 3 months from when symptoms started or, if they did not have symptoms, when they received a positive test. This possible delay can happen with a primary dose or a booster dose.

Read the science about immunity from COVID-19 infection and vaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccines and Other Vaccines Can Be Given at the Same Visit

Children and teens may get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same time.