Updated September 15, 2021

Children are still at risk to get COVID-19

  • People who are not vaccinated, which includes children under 12, are most at risk to get COVID-19

  • Vaccines are only available for children 12 years and older at this time

  • We have COVID-19 variants in Oregon, including the Delta variant, which are more contagious and spread more easily

While most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or no symptoms, some children have gotten severely ill. COVID-19 in babies and children

Protect the children in your family and in our community

Get vaccinated and take precautions

  • Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Vaccines are available if you are 12 years or older. The COVID-19 vaccines are effective in protecting people from both the original virus and current variants. How to get a vaccine 

  • Follow the State of Oregon mandate to wear a mask and keep your distance indoors and outdoors in public and around people you don’t live with who may not be fully vaccinated. You are fully vaccinated two weeks after your final dose of any COVID-19 vaccine.

Follow COVID-19 safety basics during playdates and get togethers

  • Wear a mask and keep your distance when in public and around people you don’t live with who may not be fully vaccinated

  • If you’re sick, stay home

  • Wash hands often, for at least 20 seconds

  • Get together outside whenever possible

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue

  • Avoid touching your face or mask

  • Wipe down surfaces

  • Choose safer activities

More information about vaccines for children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older. The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the risks, including the risk of rare side effects. Read more about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines and treatment of rare side effects myocarditis and pericarditis

Learn more about adolescents and the COVID-19 vaccines and getting a vaccine if you are pregnant and/or breastfeeding.  

There are no vaccines for children under 12 yet. Scientists are studying COVID-19 vaccines to learn if they are safe for children under 12.

You can learn more about what your childcare provider or school is doing to keep children safe

Childcare providers must continue to follow COVID-19 safety practices. Oregon Department of Education’s Child Care Provider COVID-19 Requirements and Recommendations

Schools and school districts are creating COVID-19 safety plans for back-to-school. You can learn more from your school or school district. CDC’s recommendations for COVID-19 prevention in schools

School Districts

Multnomah Education Service District

Health clinics are open

Preventing illness and staying healthy can protect children from getting COVID-19 or having serious complications if they do get COVID-19. Health clinics are open for routine appointments and ready to provide health care and mental health support.

Find tips for safer socializing and dealing with peer pressure, how to stay healthy, and health care and mental health resources in the COVID-19 Youth and Families Guide.

Support for caregivers

Many caregivers are balancing a lot right now. We all need support from time to time!