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Can children get COVID-19?

Children can get COVID-19. Symptoms in children may be very mild, for example a runny nose, sneezing and/or a mild cough. Some children may exhibit no symptoms. Some children can develop severe complications and may require hospitalization.

Children ages 12 and older are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. It is recommended those that are eligible get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can to protect themselves and others against getting COVID-19.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment can test children ages 5 and older during testing clinics. Children ages 5-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If your child is younger than 5, and you believe they need to be tested, contact your child's physician.