This page contains COVID-19 information specific to children and adolescents, including
Just like adults, children can be infected, get sick, and spread COVID-19 to others. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination for children ages 6 months and older, including a booster dose after completion of the primary vaccine series, to strengthen their immune systems, especially for children with compromised immune systems, so they don't get infected, get sick, or spread COVID-19 to others:
The total number of vaccine doses appropriate for your child and the recommended timing of shots depend on how old your child is and what brand of vaccine they are getting. See the current COVID-19 vaccine recommendations from the CDC for more information. Your child's pediatrician will be able to tell you what shots your child should get and when they should get them.
your child's vaccination visit:
Note: For children under 18 years of age, written consent from a parent or legal guardian is required for vaccines granted emergency use authorization and not yet fully approved by United States Food and Drug Administration (G.S. § 90-21.5). For general questions call the Public Health Hotline at 980-314-9400 (option 3 for English; opción 8 para español).
During your child's vaccination visit:
After your child's vaccination visit:
If your child is exposed to COVID-19 at school or at home, follow the guidance on the CDC's What to Do If You Were Exposed to COVID-19 page.
If your child tests postive for COVID-19 or shows any symptoms, follow the guidance on the CDC's Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 page.
Read the CDC's Schools and Childcare Programs page for recommended strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain safe operations in schools, child care programs, and institutions of higher education. If you are unsure what steps your child's school is taking to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, ask a teacher or administrator to explain the school's COVID-19 safety strategies.
Mecklenburg County Public Health follows and NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) guidance for child care, camps, and students, staff, and faculty in K-12 schools. Visit the links below to review this guidance:
Recorded Information Sessions about COVID-19 Vaccinations and Children: