Dr. Ben Danielson answers parents’ questions about vaccines for children under 5

Parents of young children and babies have lots of questions about COVID-19 vaccines. Beloved local pediatrician Dr. Ben Danielson is here to help.

In this video series, he answers common questions from parents about the vaccines for kids under 5.

We want you to feel comfortable bringing your child in for vaccination. That’s why we encourage all parents and caregivers for little ones to speak with a healthcare provider to get your questions and concerns answered. With the start of school around the corner, vaccinating the youngest members of our community will help prevent spread of COVID in schools and child care centers and help keep us all safer. 

What if I want to wait before getting my kid vaccinated?

Dr. Ben Danielson answers parents’ frequently asked questions about the vaccines for young kids.

Do young kids need really need to get the vaccine?

Does the COVID vaccine affect a child’s body or development?

Should I get my kid vaccinated if… there’s a new variant?

Should I get my kid vaccinated if… COVID cases are low?

Should I get my kid vaccinated if… they already had COVID?

What exactly is in the COVID vaccine for young kids?

How do I know the COVID vaccine is safe for kids?

What’s the difference between brands of COVID vaccines?

Is this the same as the COVID vaccine for adults?

Can kids get COVID shots with other vaccines?

What are the side effects of the COVID vaccine for kids?

Get your child vaccinated at a free clinic

If you’re looking for COVID-19 vaccinations for your children and the whole family, there are a number of pop-up vaccination events happening soon, including one at the Seattle Children’s Theater on Sunday, August 7 from 10 am – 2 pm (pre-registration strongly encouraged, see the Events Calendar for details).

Otherwise, drop-ins are welcome and same day appointments are available at Public Health’s vaccination sites and many other clinics. Schedule an appointment here

If your child is getting ready for the school year, they can get up-to-date on their required vaccinations at one of many back-to-school clinics happening in the coming weeks. These will offer all vaccines required for K-12 school entry plus COVID vaccine for children up to age 18. Find a clinic here. Vaccines at these clinics are free and you don’t need insurance or proof of immigration status. Families may be asked for insurance information, but won’t be charged and no one will be turned away for lack of insurance.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine for children, visit kingcounty.gov/vaccine/youth.

Originally published on August 5, 2022.