As of June 18, 2022, children as young as 6 months are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The CDC recommends that children and adolescents age 6 months and older get vaccinated. Over 22 million children and teens age 5-17 are already fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health.
Pope Francis, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Cardinal Cupich have affirmed that it is morally permissible to receive the COVID-19 vaccines.
The dose and series authorized for children is informed by clinical trials on safety and effectiveness. For more information about dosage and vaccines, click here.
Click here for information about symptoms and COVID-19 variants.
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine
As a faith community concerned about the sanctity of human life, the archdiocese encourages everyone to get vaccinated and booster shot for the sake of their own health and the common good.
To register for vaccination or to get more information about the vaccine, visit your local health department’s vaccination website:
- City of Chicago (Link)
- Lake County (Link)
- Cook County (Link)
- Or for more information, visit the CDC’s website here.
- Find a COVID-19 Test to Treat location (Link)
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine booster
As widely reported, there has been a rise in the number of “breakthrough” COVID-19 cases involving those who were vaccinated more than six months ago. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccine breakthrough infections are expected as the vaccines are effective at preventing most [not all] infections. And even though there are breakthrough cases, the vaccines are still highly effective in greatly reducing serious cases, hospitalizations and deaths. As effectiveness of a vaccine can wane over time, the CDC, as well as national and local health departments, are encouraging people to receive a COVID vaccine booster shot. Per the Illinois Department of Public Health, “Getting a booster shot is not uncommon. This happens every year with seasonal flu vaccine.”
The CDC currently recommends the following:
- If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, you should get a booster if you are age 18 years and older.
- If you received the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine at least two months ago, you should get a booster if you are 18 years or older.
See the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots webpage for additional information and FAQs, as well as the Illinois Department of Public Health website.