Adolescent Guidance

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

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: