COVID-19 vaccines: common questions and answers
Children’s Minnesota experts teamed up to provide you with answers to all your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, safety concerns and side effects.
Vaccine doses: what you need to know
Read on for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine doses and boosters available now and who qualifies.
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The COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective for kids and teens. Talk with your child’s provider. They are there to help you.
I think my child has COVID-19. What do I do now?
We urge you to stay home and call before coming to an emergency room or clinic, and know that we are ready to help if you do need to come in.
COVID-19 testing is available at all nine primary care clinics for children with or without symptoms. A provider visit is required with testing.
Availability for COVID-19 testing, and the time it takes to get results, may vary.
My child needs emergency, primary, or other care.
Our pediatricians urge families to not wait to get care like critical vaccinations and treatment for injuries. Families may be worried about bringing their children to a hospital or clinic to receive care. But we want you to know that we’re here for you and have taken many extra steps so we can safely care for your child, including virtual care options.
Surgeries are still being scheduled. Our team is taking extra precautions to keep your family safe.
You can still bring your child in for well-child check-ups and immunizations, essential for the development of children.
What is Children’s Minnesota doing to keep families safe?
We have taken additional precautions to prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19 within our locations, and within the community. Children’s Minnesota is committed to caring for all children in the community, as well as to ensuring the safety and well-being of patients, families, staff and guests.
Visiting standards during COVID-19
Patients who are staying at the hospital who are not suspected or confirmed with COVID-19 may have up to three people visit at the bedside at one time, including parents/legal guardians. Children ages 5-17 must be from the same household as the patient in order to visit. A mask is required. For same-day procedures, please only bring the people who need to be at your child’s appointment.
Hospital amenities during COVID-19
Amenities such as cafeterias and group spaces have also changed during COVID-19.
Clinic visitor standards
We recommend bringing only the people who need to be at your child’s clinic visit. Masks are required for all people over age five.
COVID-19 information from our pediatric experts
Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is an illness that looks similar to common respiratory diseases like the common cold, influenza or pneumonia. Experts believe the virus spreads person-to-person through close contact. It can also spread through surfaces, especially if a person touches something with the virus on it then touches their mouth, nose or eyes before washing their hands.
CDC COVID-19 symptoms
- Loss of sense of taste or smell.
- Scratchy throat.
- Body aches.
Most people with COVID-19, including children, do not have serious problems. After seeing a doctor, most get better with rest and fluids. People who are very ill get care in a hospital with breathing help, IV fluids and other treatments.
Children can get COVID-19 but generally experience milder symptoms than adults do. Their symptoms are more like the common cold.
While experts do not yet fully understand the relationship, they currently believe that the virus may cause a rare inflammatory response in a child’s body, resulting in what is being called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). Read more about MIS-C.
Caring for kids with preexisting conditions can be extra stressful during the time of COVID-19. Experts from our clinics that specialize in the care of kids with various conditions have compiled resources for your family during this difficult time:
- Asthma and COVID-19 (PDF)
- Cancer and blood disorders and COVID-19 (PDF)
- Diabetes and COVID-19 (PDF)
- HIV and COVID-19 (PDF)
- Clean surfaces in your home with usual household cleaners and disinfectants.
- Social distancing is important. Try and stand 6 feet away from others, do not shake hands and avoid crowds.