The Vaccine Is Authorized as a 3-Dose Primary Vaccination Series for Individuals
Emergency uses of
What you need to know about the vaccine
Frequently Asked Questions
Considerations before getting your child vaccinated
What is Emergency Use Authorization?
According to FDA, during a public health emergency, FDA can use its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) authority to allow the use of unapproved medical products, or unapproved uses of approved medical products, to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases when certain criteria are met, including that there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Has Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine been used before?
Yes. Millions of individuals 5 years of age and older have received
Getting the vaccine
Preparations for the next doctor visit
Tell the vaccination provider about all of your child's medical conditions, including if your child:
- Has any allergies
- Has had myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) or pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart)
- Has a fever
- Has a bleeding disorder or is on a blood thinner
- Is immunocompromised or is on a medicine that affects their immune system
- Has received another COVID-19 vaccine
- Has ever fainted in association with an injection
Your child should not get Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine if they:
- Had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine
- Had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine
No. Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine does not contain SARS-CoV-2 and cannot give your child COVID-19.
The duration of protection against COVID-19 is currently unknown.
Data have not yet been submitted to FDA on administration of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine at the same time with other vaccines. If you are considering to have your child receive Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine with other vaccines, discuss the options with your child’s healthcare provider.
Knowing more about
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has been shown to prevent COVID-19. The duration of protection against COVID-19 is currently unknown.
There is a remote chance that
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the face and throat
- A fast heartbeat
- A bad rash all over the body
- Dizziness and weakness
Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the
lining outside the heart) have occurred in some people who have received
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heart
- Unusual and persistent irritability
- Unusual and persistent poor feeding
- Unusual and persistent fatigue or lack of energy
- Persistent vomiting
- Persistent pain in the abdomen
- Unusual and persistent cool, pale skin
Side effects that have been reported with
- Severe allergic reactions
- Non-severe allergic reactions such as rash, itching, hives, or swelling of the face
- Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle)
- Pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart)
- Injection site pain/tenderness
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Injection site swelling
- Injection site redness
- Feeling unwell
- Swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy)
- Decreased appetite
- Arm pain
- Fainting in association with injection of the vaccine
These may not be all the possible side effects of
If your child experiences a severe allergic reaction or other severe symptom, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.
Call the vaccination provider or your child’s healthcare provider if your child has any side effects that bother your child or do not go away.
Report vaccine side effects to FDA/CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The VAERS toll-free number is 1-800-822-7967 or report online to https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html. Please include “Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine EUA” in the first line of box #18 of the report form.
In addition, you can report side effects to Pfizer Inc. at the contact information provided below.
Report vaccine side effects to FDA/CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and Pfizer Inc.
Updates to non-English Fact Sheets may be delayed.Español - EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients & Caregivers (12 Years & Up) Español - EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients & Caregivers (5 Through 11 Years of Age)
- Patients should always ask their doctors for medical advice about adverse events.
- You are encouraged to report negative side effects of vaccines to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visit https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html or call