Children and teens with pre-existing conditions like diabetes or heart conditions, those with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (e.g., Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis) or other autoimmune diseases, or those who are taking medications that compromise their immune system, may be at higher risk of complications from COVID-19 infection – so it is especially important that they are vaccinated against COVID-19.
The COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized or approved for use cannot cause COVID-19, even in those with weak immune systems. If you have questions about your child’ health or the risks and benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, talk to your child’s doctor.
We know that people with moderately or severely compromised immune systems are more vulnerable to COVID-19 and may not build the same level of immunity to COVID-19 vaccines compared to those who are not immunocompromised. COVID-19 vaccine schedules vary based on age, product, and immune status. Caregivers should consult with their child’s health care provider to determine how many total COVID-19 vaccine doses are recommended. View CDC’s At-A-Glance COVID-19 Vaccination Schedules to learn more.