As of June 20, 2022: Everyone 6 months and older in Oregon is now eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine Find out what this means for parents and families.
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COVID-19 vaccine answers
Children ages 6 months and older are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you’re a parent or caregiver, it’s normal to have questions about the vaccine for your child. It’s important to get your questions answered and talk to your health care provider when making the choice to get your child vaccinated against COVID-19.
Ask a Doctor: COVID-19 vaccine answers
Parents' COVID-19 vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
Download these Questions & Answers about the COVID vaccine for teens with Dr. Bukhosi Dube, co-host of the radio show “Ask a Black Doctor.”
Should my child get the vaccine?
Children can get very sick from COVID-19, and the vaccine is the best way to protect them. The new variants of the virus are more contagious, and more young people in Oregon are being hospitalized with COVID-19. Thankfully, the vaccines offer effective protection against getting very sick or having to go to the hospital due to COVID-19, or possibly spreading it to others.
What are common vaccine side effects?
These common side effects are normal signs of your child’s body building protection against the virus. Side effects should go away in a few days.
Applying a cold pack, drinking plenty of water and getting plenty of rest can help. Over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol can also make them feel better.