Updated June 30, 2022

Children are still at risk to get COVID-19

  • People who are not vaccinated are most at risk to get COVID-19.

  • Vaccines are available for children 6 months and older at this time.

  • Children 5 and up who got the Pfizer vaccine are also eligible to get a booster shot.

  • We have COVID-19 variants in Oregon, including the Omicron and Delta variants, 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

Get vaccinated to protect the children in your family and in our community

Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Vaccines are available for people who are 6 months or older. The COVID-19 vaccines are effective in protecting people from getting very sick. How to get a vaccine  

Follow COVID-19 safety basics during playdates and get togethers

  • If you’re sick, stay home

  • Wear a mask indoors if local COVID cases are high

  • 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

More information about vaccines for children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 6 months 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 pediatric COVID-19 vaccinesadolescents and the COVID-19 vaccines and getting a vaccine if you are pregnant and/or breastfeeding.  

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!