How to Talk with Parents and Caregivers about COVID-19 Vaccination

Tips for Pediatricians, Family Medicine Practitioners, Nurses, Pharmacists, Public Health Officials, & Other Vaccine Providers

Medical professionals graphic

Parents and caregivers consider healthcare providers to be their most trusted source of information when it comes to vaccines. You play a critical role in helping them understand the importance of COVID-19 vaccination and assuring them that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for their children.

Everyone ages 5 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. As a vaccine provider, making a strong recommendation is critical for COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and protecting children’s health.

How to Answer Parents’ and Caregivers’ Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines
Two parents with pre-teen son meeting pediatrician

Now, more than ever, it’s important to take extra time to have vaccine conversations with parents and caregivers and foster support for vaccination with your practice.

Below are resources to help you answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines from your patients, their parents/caregivers, and staff within your practice.

chat icon

NEW Quick Conversation Guide on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children – Be prepared to address common questions and misinformation parents and caregivers may have about the COVID-19 vaccine for children. For additional information, find and share answers to Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Vaccination of Children.

  • COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens– This page contains information for parents and caregivers on vaccination for children 5 years and older, possible side effects, and more.
  • Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine– Share information about the benefits and safety of vaccination with parents and caregivers. Getting all family members ages 5 years and older vaccinated can protect other family members who are not yet old enough to get vaccinated or who are at risk for serious illness if they get infected with COVID-19.

Note: Enrollment in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program does not translate to enrollment to administer COVID-19 vaccine; providers will have to enroll separately to administer the vaccine.

  • Coadministration of Vaccines – COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing.
  • About mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines – Patients, parents and caregivers may have questions on how mRNA vaccines work. To address additional questions, share this video from American Academy of Pediatrics with parents and children on COVID-19 and kids: How mRNA vaccines work.
  • 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 and caregivers about common vaccine myths. Reassure parents that the COVID-19 vaccine for children is safe and that there is no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, can cause female or male fertility problems.
  • V-safe – An easy-to-use smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins for anyone who has received a COVID-19 vaccine. Parents and caregivers can register for an account and then enroll their kids in v-safe to share how their kids are feeling after vaccination.
How to Promote COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence as Vaccine Provider
illustration of a woman in a mask taking a selfie of herself with her covid-19 vaccination sticker

“Vaccine confidence” is the trust that people have in recommended vaccines. Right now, patients and families may be wading through a lot of information—and misinformation—to make decisions about COVID-19 vaccinations.

Posters and Social Media Graphics for Vaccine Providers

Available in English and Spanish

Download age-appropriate COVID-19 vaccine educational posters to use around the school building, in classrooms, and on your school social media channels.

Children Ages 5-11

Adolescents Ages 12-17

Posters and social media graphics
Additional Resources

CDC Resources

Partner Resources

Page last reviewed: November 29, 2021