Side Effects to Look for if Your Child Under 5 Gets the Covid-19 Vaccine

Covid-19 vaccines for children under 5 are rolling out this week after the CDC and FDA voted in support of recommending them for the age group. According to safety information on the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines presented to the FDA and CDC, potential side effects are mostly mild and short-lived. There are a few things to look for when children in that age group get vaccinated which generally includes the same side effects adults or older children have experienced after their shots. Side effects experienced include pain, swelling or redness at the injection site, fatigue, irritability or fussiness, loss of appetite, headache, abdominal pain or discomfort, enlarged lymph nodes, diarrhea or vomiting. Those should subside within 24 hours.