Like adults, young people will need two doses of the vaccine for long-term protection.
Children are expected to experience similar side effects as adults, though may experience some of them, like headache, chills and fever, more often. The
Vaccination Aftercare handout provides more information about common side effects and how to manage them.
Symptoms such as hives, swelling of the face, tongue or throat or difficulty breathing are signs of a severe allergic reaction and you should seek medical attention or call 9-1-1 right away.
The rare but serious blood clotting events associated with the viral vector-based COVID-19 vaccines (including AstraZeneca, COVISHIELD and Janssen) do not occur with the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna).
Young people will need to continue to follow public health recommendations after they are vaccinated, like keeping a safe distance from people outside their household, wearing a mask, and cleaning their hands.