The Comirnaty (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine can prevent children from becoming ill from COVID-19. The vaccine schedule for children is 2 doses, given 8 weeks apart. This interval can be shortened in special circumstances to a minimum of 3 weeks.
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any live virus and cannot cause COVID-19. It contains the genetic code for an important part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus called the spike protein. After getting the vaccine, your child’s body makes copies of the spike protein. Your child’s immune system will then learn to recognise and fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. The body breaks down the genetic code quickly.
Vaccination is voluntary and free. You can discuss any concerns or questions you have about COVID-19 vaccination for your child with your immunisation provider or your GP before they receive the vaccine.