What are the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination in children?

Question: 

What are the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination in children? 

Answer: 
Vaccination helps keep children safe and is the best way to protect children from severe illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19.  
 
While most children who get COVID-19 have a minor illness, some can get very sick. Unfortunately, with the Delta and Omicron variants, we see more children getting sick and hospitalized with COVID-19.
 
Some children may continue to feel sick for weeks or months after the initial illness. This is called Post-COVID-19 condition or long COVID. Early studies suggest that long COVID is less common in children and young people than adults. 
 
Vaccinating children also helps: 
 
  • Protect family members, including siblings too young to get vaccinated and family members who may be at increased risk of getting very sick if infected. 
  • Reduce the spread of the virus in the community. This helps protect people most at risk of getting sick from COVID-19, such as the elderly.
  • Reduce the risk of new variants of concern appearing. We don’t know if there will eventually be a variant of concern that causes more serious illness in children. 
  • Give children an added layer of protection in school or participating in sports, playdates, and other group activities.
 

In this video, BC Children’s Hospital Infectious Disease Pediatric Physician Dr. Manish Sadarangani discusses the psychosocial impacts of COVID-19 on children and how vaccination can help. 

Date last reviewed: 
Friday, Mar 25, 2022