Resources to Promote COVID-19 Vaccines for Children & Teens

Resources for Parents and Caregivers

Resources for Vaccine Providers & Healthcare Professionals

 Talking with Parents and Caregivers:  

Customizable COVID-19 Vaccination Letter

This sample letter template has information about COVID-19 vaccination for children who are eligible and is designed for providers and partners to send to parents and caregivers. It may also be adapted and used in blogs, email communication, newsletters, etc. and can be customized with contact information. Highlighted content indicates information that may be tailored based on the vaccine provider’s needs.

 

AUTHOR: [insert office, clinic, vaccination event name]
TITLE: COVID-19 vaccination for children: What you need to know

COVID-19 vaccines are available for children ages 6 months and older. We are excited to offer vaccines at our [insert office, clinic, or other location] to help protect children against COVID-19. Getting children vaccinated against COVID-19 can help keep them from getting really sick if they get COVID-19. Vaccinating children can also help relieve the strain on families by providing greater confidence in children participating in childcare, school, and other activities.

Schedule [insert link to organizational scheduler] or call [insert phone number] to schedule your child’s COVID-19 vaccine today.

We know parents and caregivers have questions and want more information. Here's what you need to know.

Children of all ages can get very sick from COVID-19.

Children can get infected with COVID-19, get very sick, suffer short- and long-term health complications, and spread COVID-19 to others.

{INSERT QUOTE FROM SPOKESPERSON. Suggested quote: “In children who have been infected with COVID-19, we have seen a range of symptoms , from very mild to serious illness, and in some cases even requiring hospitalization. That’s why we recommend COVID-19 vaccination for all children ages 6 months and older to help protect them.”} says [NAME and TITLE].

COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective for children.

COVID-19 vaccination has been studied carefully in children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the expert panel that works with them have reviewed the data from clinical trials. Through ongoing safety monitoring, vaccination for children continues to be safe and effective. Here are some important points about COVID-19 vaccination for children:

  • COVID-19 vaccine dosage is based on age on the day of vaccination, not by size or weight. Children get an age-appropriate dose that is the right amount for them.
  • The safety of COVID-19 vaccine continues to be monitored. Serious health events, including severe allergic reactions and myocarditis and pericarditis, after COVID-19 vaccination are rare.
  • The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination for children outweigh the risks and potential serious complications of getting infected with COVID-19.

Side effects may occur and are mild and temporary.

Your child may have some side effects after getting vaccinated. These are normal and usually go away in a few days. Some common side effects are:

  • Pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain, chills, or fever
  • Irritability or crying
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever

Some children will have no side effects and serious reactions are rare. If your child experiences a severe allergic reaction after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, we are ready to respond. Most of the time, the only things your child might need after vaccination is rest, a non-aspirin pain reliever, and a cool washcloth at the injection site. Contact us if you need more information about treating potential side effects.

After vaccination, enroll your child in v-safe, which provides personalized and confidential health check-ins to share how your child feels.

Schedule [insert link to organizational scheduler or insert number to call] your child’s COVID-19 vaccine today.

Contact us with any questions at [insert contact info].

Resources for Schools and Early Care and Education Programs

Templates for Blogs/Articles, Newsletters, Social Media, and Website Blurbs

These templates can be used for newsletters, emails, social media, and website blurbs by partners to address and encourage COVID-19 vaccination for children among parent and partner audiences.

Key points include:

  • Eligibility of COVID-19 vaccination: CDC recommends COVID-19 primary series vaccines for everyone ages 6 months and older, and if eligible, COVID-19 boosters for everyone ages 5 years and older. Find more information on how to ensure children stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccine at Stay Up to Date with Your COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC.
  • Availability of COVID-19 vaccination: Talk to your healthcare provider about a COVID-19 vaccination during your child’s next check-up. To locate a vaccination site near you, speak to your child’s healthcare provider, your local health department, or visit vaccines.gov.
  • COVID-19 safety research: Continued safety monitoring has determined COVID-19 vaccination is safe for children and teens. COVID-19 vaccinations have undergone, and will continue to undergo, the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.
  • COVID-19 effectiveness research: COVID 19-vaccines are effective at preventing possible severe complications from COVID-19. Learn more about Why Children and Teens Should Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 vaccination protection: Vaccination is the best way to protect your child against severe disease, hospitalization, or death from COVID-19 and can provide greater confidence in them participating in school and their favorite activities.

You can download and customize the templates to fit your needs. Each template also includes lists of additional web resources for parent and partner audiences.

Additional Resources for Schools and ECE programs:

Social Media Graphics and Posters

Get Ready For School with COVID-19 Vaccines

Two social graphics of children. Get Ready for School with COVID-19 Vaccines
Social Graphics
COVID Vaccination flyer
Flyers/Posters
Circular image with text: Ready for School with COVID-19 Vaccines
Social Frame
Photo collage of young children. Get Ready for School with COVID-19 Vaccines
Banner

Educational Posters and Social Media Graphics by Age Group

Download age-appropriate COVID-19 vaccine educational posters and social media graphics to use in exam rooms, waiting rooms, classrooms, websites, and on your social media channels.

several social media cards promoting COVID-19 vaccination for children under 5
Children Ages 5 and Under
several social media cards promoting COVID-19 vaccination for 5 to 11 year old children
Children Ages 5-11
several social media cards promoting COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years and up
Adolescents Ages 12-17

Videos

View, share or embed videos on your websites, use as PSAs, and post on social media.

image of Advantages of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 YouTube video
image of Share your COVID-19 vaccination experience with v-safe YouTube video
Healthcare worker discusses vaccine and fertility concerns in children's future
Healthcare worker discusses COVID-19 vaccine with other immunizations
Healthcare worker discusses side effects of COVID-19 vaccine

Additional External Partner Resources

Page last reviewed: August 11, 2022