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Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 and Adolescents

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Kids aren’t getting severely ill from COVID-19, so why should I or my child get vaccinated?

  • Even if you don’t get severely ill, you can still spread the virus to someone who might – like a grandparent, someone at church, a teacher at school, or anyone in your community.
  • We are also learning more about the long-term effects of COVID-19. Even if you don’t get severely ill right now, or even have serious symptoms, you still could have long-term damage that causes health problems down the road.

Why is only Pfizer available for teens?

  • So far, only Pfizer has applied and been approved to make their vaccine available to people as young as 12.
  • On June 10th Moderna applied and is currently under review for their vaccine to be available to people as young as 12.

How do we know this vaccine is safe for kids and teens?

  • The vaccine has been through rigorous testing and thorough review by the FDA and CDC. Thousands of adolescents between 12-15 were in the clinical trials, and among those who received it, the vaccine was 100% effective at preventing COVID.

Will I or my child get Myocarditis and/or Pericarditis from receiving the Pfizer vaccine?

  • In most cases, patients who presented for medical care have responded well to medications and rest and had prompt improvement of symptoms. Reported cases have occurred predominantly in male adolescents and young adults 16 years of age and older. Onset was typically within several days after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination, and cases have occurred more often after the second dose than the first dose. CDC and its partners are investigating these reports of myocarditis and pericarditis following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination.
  • CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older given the risk of COVID-19 illness and related, possibly severe complications, such as long-term health problems, hospitalization, and even death.
  • For more information on the clinical considerations on Myocarditis and Pericarditis after receipt of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines among adolescents and young adults here.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine have any long-term impacts pregnant women?

Based on how these vaccines work in the body, experts believe they are unlikely to pose a risk for people who are pregnant. The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are mRNA vaccines that do not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 and therefore, cannot give someone COVID-19. Additionally, mRNA vaccines do not interact with a person’s DNA or cause genetic changes because the mRNA does not enter the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine while I’m on my period (or when my child is on their period)?

According to the CDC and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), there’s no reason to put off getting vaccinated if someone is on their period. The CDC and FDA have been closely monitoring safety data and has not seen any patterns of concern.

Do parents need to give consent before a vaccine is given to an eligible minor?

The federal government does not have specific requirements for medical consent for vaccination. States/jurisdictions have medical consent laws that address the circumstances under which a medical provider must seek consent prior to a medical procedure and the processes for obtaining that consent. These laws vary across jurisdictions. Providers may also be subject to policy requirements for consent within their own organizations.