You should get vaccinated even if you already had COVID-19. For any dose of vaccine, including booster doses, people 5 years and older can get vaccinated after you have completed your isolation period and are no longer contagious. Refer to If You Are Sick or Test Positive for more information. If your illness caused you to be hospitalized, talk to your health care provider about timing of vaccination.
Consider these things before getting any dose of vaccine, including a booster dose:
If you or your child have been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, especially if that person lives with you or your child, wait to get vaccinated until after your quarantine period has ended. Waiting to get vaccinated helps make sure that any side effects experienced after vaccination are just from the vaccine, and not COVID-19 symptoms. Visit Close Contacts & Quarantine for more information on how long to quarantine.
If you or your child has a mild illness (e.g., sore throat, stuffy nose, etc.), get tested for COVID-19 and wait until symptoms have improved and until you or your child have been fever-free for 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers, before getting vaccinated.
At this time, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been studied and authorized for use in people ages 5 years and older. Children age 5 to 11 should get the Pfizer vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds as it is a smaller dose of vaccine than the Pfizer vaccine for people age 12 and older. Data from Pfizer vaccine studies show the vaccine is safe and effective for children and teens.
On Jan. 5, 2022, FDA and CDC authorized emergency use of a single booster shot for people 12-17 years of age at least five months after completing their primary series of Pfizer vaccine. Refer to Vaccine doses for more information.
Parents can find vaccine locations and more information about the COVID-19 vaccine for their children at State of Minnesota: COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Teens.
Find additional resources and information at CDC: COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens.
Top Four Reasons to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine (PDF) Fact sheet for young people. Updated 11/3/21 Other languages: Top Four Reasons to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine
How to hold your child during a vaccination (PDF) Fact sheet with images and instructions for different comfort holds. Created in partnership with Homeland Health Specialists. 11/5/21Other languages: How to hold your child during a vaccination
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for People Under 18 Years Old (PDF) Learn more about parental consent for people under 18 years old, and how to find a vaccine appointment for this age group. Updated 11/3/21 Other languages: Pfizer Vaccine for People Under 18 Years Old
Because children and youth with specialized health needs and disabilities may be at higher risk for more severe illness from COVID-19, families and caregivers are asked to strongly consider vaccinating children 5 years and older with any underlying health condition or disability.
COVID-19 Vaccine for Youth with Special Needs or Disabilities: Information for Caregivers (PDF) Includes guidance for requesting accommodations when making appointments or arriving at a vaccine site.
COVID-19 vaccination, including a booster shot when due, is strongly recommended for people who are pregnant, recently pregnant, breastfeeding, and considering pregnancy in the future.
Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get very sick with COVID-19 disease compared with non-pregnant people. The data show the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect a pregnant person and their growing baby from severe illness from COVID-19.
A person who is breastfeeding can get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are not thought to be a risk to the breastfeeding infant. There is no reason to avoid starting or continuing breastfeeding after getting vaccinated.
There is no evidence that any of the COVID-19 vaccines affect future fertility. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for people who want to get pregnant someday or are currently trying to get pregnant.
Talk to your health care provider if you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines.
COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy (PDF) Fact sheet for people who are pregnant or who may want to get pregnant in the future.