While parents may have delayed their children’s shots and preventive care due to the COVID-19 outbreak, routine medical visits and childhood vaccinations play an important role in safely returning to school and extracurricular activities. Call your kids’ doctor to schedule an appointment today. You’ll make sure they’re on top of their well-child visits, protected against vaccine-preventable diseases (like measles and mumps) and ready to go back to in-person learning. If your children are 12 years or older and haven’t received their COVID-19 vaccine yet, talk to their doctor about getting it as soon as possible.
Many medical offices and clinics are taking extra steps to see children safely during this time. Ask about the special measures they have in place to protect your kids’ health.
Protect Your Children and Your Family
Getting a COVID-19 vaccination can help protect your kids from getting COVID-19. Early information shows that the vaccines may also help keep people from spreading COVID-19 to others, and the vaccines help keep people from getting seriously sick if they do get COVID-19. Plus, those who are fully vaccinated can resume the activities they did prior to the pandemic. That’s why CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccination. Help protect your whole family by getting yourself and your children 12 years and older vaccinated against COVID-19.
Currently children 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Learn more about what you and your child or teen can do when you have been fully vaccinated.
Find Coverage for Your Family
You May be Eligible
Medicaid and CHIP have your kids covered so they can start the school year ready to learn. These programs offer free or low-cost health insurance for kids up to age 19 – and enrollment is open year-round. Parents, Medicaid might cover you, too. Select your state to find health insurance programs in your area or call 1-877-KIDS-NOW. If your kids are already enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP you need to renew their coverage every year to keep then covered. Keep an eye out for renewal information coming by mail – complete and return the forms as soon as possible to ensure your child’s coverage doesn’t stop. And take a few minutes to confirm your address on file with your state Medicaid office is up-to-date, especially if you have moved in the last year.
Starting on July 15, 2021, most families are eligible to receive monthly child tax credits payments of up to $250 per child ages 6-17 and $300 per child under age 6. Families should visit childtaxcredit.gov to learn more about this important benefit, and those that did not file taxes last year can use this tool provided by the IRS to sign up to receive benefits. Receiving this tax credit does not impact your ability to qualify for Medicaid and CHIP.
All states* provide comprehensive coverage for children, including:
- Routine check-ups
- Doctor visits
- Dental care [Find a Dentist]
- Vision care
- Inpatient and outpatient hospital care
- Laboratory and X-ray services
- Emergency services
- Mental health services
*Some specific benefits may be different from state to state.
Last reviewed July 19, 2021