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

Question: 

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

Answer: 
Vaccination helps keep youth safe and is the best way to protect youth from severe illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19.  
 
While most youth who get COVID-19 have a minor illness, some can get very sick. Unfortunately, with the Delta and Omicron variants, we are seeing more youth getting sick and being hospitalized with COVID-19.
 
Some youth 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 youth also helps: 
 
  • Protect family members, including siblings who are 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 who are most at risk of getting really 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 and youth. 
  • Give youth an added layer of protection in school or while participating in sports, playdates, and other group activities.
Date last reviewed: 
Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022