We know you want to keep your kids healthy.


A Message from Dr. Elvin,
Chief Medical Officer at Tufts Health Plan


"Since I am both a pediatrician and a parent, many parents ask me if the COVID-19 vaccines are safe for their children. I understand their worries. They want to protect their children from COVID-19. At the same time, they don’t want to take a chance on the vaccine if it is unsafe.

I had these same concerns. To make decisions for my family, I relied on data from studies and experts I respected. I came to the same conclusion as most health experts across the country and here in Massachusetts. The vaccine is safe and effective for those 5 and older. COVID-19 poses a much greater risk to our children than the vaccine does.

Tufts Health Plan developed this resource page to bring you information you can trust about COVID-19 vaccines for kids. Being a parent, I know you need to feel you are doing the right thing for your children. I hope that sharing my views and the important information on this page helps you make the right choices for your family."

David Elvin, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Tufts Health Plan

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Do Kids Need a Vaccination?

Yes, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Here’s why:

  • Kids can get infected and very sick from COVID-19.
  • They can have short-term and long-lasting health problems from the virus.
  • Kids who get COVID-19 can spread it to family members, friends and strangers.

Once kids are fully vaccinated, they’ll be able to do many of the activities they did before the pandemic.

Click to learn more about vaccines for kids ages 5-11 or 12-17.

Ready to get your child vaccinated?

Vaccines Approved for More Kids

Kids ages 5 to 11 can now get a COVID-19 vaccine - and there is no cost to families. Kids in this age group need a parent or guardian with them when they get the shot. It’s a good idea to make an appointment for your child.

Here are some tips to help you find a vaccine site:

  • Call your child’s pediatrician to see if they give COVID-19 shots
  • Search for vaccine sites near you
  • Check with your local pharmacy, like CVS or Walgreens
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Frequently Asked Questions

Here's what you need to know about the vaccine and how to get your children vaccinated.


COVID-19 and Children

Talk with your pediatrician about the vaccine for your child.