Q&A: COVID-19 vaccine shots for children

Updated: Nov 1, 2021 Print
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A child at an elementary school in Haikou, South China's Hainan province receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot on Oct 26, 2021. [Photo/VCG]

1. Why is it important for children to get COVID-19 vaccine shots?

Giving children COVID-19 vaccine shots is an important part of building up immunity barrier for the entire population, as well as an important measure to block the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Children infected by COVID-19 virus may develop critical conditions or worse.

2. Are COVID-19 vaccine shots for children voluntary?

Yes, getting COVID-19 vaccine shots for children is completely voluntary.

However, schools are densely populated areas. If imported COVID-19 cases occur within schools, it is easy to spread the virus. Thus, it is recommended for children who meet vaccination requirements to get vaccinated.

3. How safe are COVID-19 vaccine shots for children?

Children and adolescents have good tolerance of the COVID-19 vaccines.

According to clinical trial data, the COVID-19 vaccines tested for children between the ages of 3 to 11 safe after vaccination. It showed the same level of safety as the group of 12 years old and above. The level of neutralizing antibodies created in children is also the same as that of adults.

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