I heard that children and youth don’t transmit the COVID-19 virus to others. So how does my child or youth getting vaccinated help protect others?
Just like adults, children and youth can transmit (spread) COVID-19 to others.
- Early in the pandemic, children and teens were not often identified as spreaders of COVID-19. However, this was mostly because schools and activities were closed or not held in person.
- Since things have opened up again, outbreaks among teens at camps, sporting events, and schools show that teens spread COVID-19.
- Further, studies that looked at the risk of children and teens spreading COVID-19 to others in their households showed that they do spread the virus.
- Children and teens can spread COVID-19 to others when they do not have symptoms.
Date last reviewed:
Tuesday, Feb 14, 2023