On Monday, May 10, the FDA issued Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer and BioNTech SE COVID-19 vaccine to be given children ages 12 to 15. That means a majority of children will be able to get vaccinated and protected from the virus.
Information for Parents and Adolescents
- New web page: COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens provides information about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines for adolescents aged 12 and older, how to find a vaccination provider for adolescents, and what to expect during and after vaccination.
- New fact sheet: COVID-19 Vaccines for Preteens and Teens is a printable fact sheet for parents that explains the benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine for their children, safety information, and what to expect during and after vaccination.
- New frequently asked questions: Two new FAQs have been posted to address questions about the safety and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination for adolescents aged 12 and older.
- New myth-buster about menstrual cycles: Your menstrual cycle cannot be affected by being near someone who received a COVID-19 vaccine. This question and answer explains why.
- Myth-buster about infertility: It is safe for people who would like to have a baby one day to get a COVID-19 vaccine. This question and answer explains why.
Here are two articles with regional doctors about the new guidance:
All evidence points to the pediatric vaccine being safe and effective.
Link: CDC Director’s statement on use of Pfizer in 12-15 year-olds
FAQ from The Washington Post
Two articles with Finger Lakes regional doctors about 12-15 year olds and the COVID-19 vaccine:
Proof and Consent for 12-17 year olds to get a COVID-19 vaccine (New York State)
Children under age 18 need a parent’s or legal guardian’s consent to get a COVID-19 vaccine, except in the rare instances where they legally can consent to their own care (if they are married, parents, pregnant or in the military).
The child must still prove age, using a document from the list below. Proof of the parent or legal guardian’s residency in New York State is sufficient to show the child’s eligibility based on residency in New York State.
Parents do not need to show proof that they are the child’s parents.
According to Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, children ages 12 to 17 are eligible for that vaccine. However, minors are NOT eligible for the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
In general, it is strongly encouraged that a parent or legal guardian accompany a child aged 12 to 17 during a vaccination to provide in-person consent for vaccination at each dose.
Verbal consent is allowed.
All those vaccinated must prove that they satisfy the age requirement for the vaccine by showing:
- Driver’s license, driver’s permit or non-driver ID;
- Military ID;
- Student ID containing date of birth;
- Birth certificate issued by a state or local government
- Consulate ID;
- Current U.S passport or valid foreign passport;
- Permanent resident card;
- Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship;
- Life insurance policy with birthdate; or
- Marriage certificate with birthdate.