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
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
“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.
- Consider ways that patients, families, and caregivers in your practice like to receive information and use these mechanisms to debunk common myths and answer frequently asked questions. Download and share Resources to Promote the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children & Teens in a variety of formats.
- CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccines Social Media Toolkit includes sample social media messages and graphics you can use on your practice’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages and can be adapted to fit your needs.
- Use CDC’s Customizable COVID-19 Vaccine Letter for Parents/Caregivers of children ages 5 through 11 yearsword icon.
- For additional ways to build vaccine confidence, the CDC has developed some useful tips for talking about COVID-19 vaccines.
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
- Five (5) 8.5×11 Posters (English) zip icon[ZIP – 5 MB]
- Six (6) 1080×1080 Social Media Graphics (English) zip icon[ZIP – 5 MB]
Adolescents Ages 12-17
- COVID-19 Vaccination for Children 5-11 Years Old – Information for jurisdictions, healthcare providers, pharmacists, schools, and community partners.
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (5 Through 11 Years of Age) – Official CDC guidance for clinicians.
- Key Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines – Official CDC guidance that can be shared with parents and practice staff on the effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as how they’re developed and approved by the FDA.
- Myocarditis and Pericarditis Following mRNA COVID-19 Vaccination – These reports are rare, given the hundreds of millions of vaccine doses administered, and have been reported after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination, particularly in adolescents and young adults.
- Vaccines for Childrenexternal icon (National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants)
- COVID-19 Vaccine: What Pediatricians Can Do Nowexternal icon (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- About the COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questionsexternal icon (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- The Science Behind COVID-19 Vaccines: Parent FAQsexternal icon (HealthyChildren.org)