Letter to Parents About COVID-19 Vaccines Template

Instructions: Copy and paste this content onto your school district/school letterhead, modifying it as needed to account for the situation in your district.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

[Insert school district/school name] is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff. We want to inform you that free COVID-19 vaccines are currently available for everyone age 12 and older.  

How to Find COVID-19 Vaccines:

You have a few easy ways to find free COVID-19 vaccines near you:

  • Go to vaccines.gov
  • Text your ZIP code to 438829
  • Call 1-800-232-0233

Consent: 

Students in our district who are under the age of [Insert age] must have parental/guardian consent to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. [Insert an explanation of how parents/guardians can give consent. Explain any exemptions to the requirement, such as the ability to self-consent for minors who are emancipated, homeless, or living apart from their parent or guardian.]  

About the COVID-19 Vaccines: 

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community from the virus that causes COVID-19. The available COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19, including from the Delta variant. For the strongest protection against COVID-19, you need all recommended doses: 

  • Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine requires one initial dose.
  • The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two initial doses. 

If you meet the criteria for having a compromised immune system, you should get a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least 4 weeks after your second dose.

If you’ve been vaccinated, you may be eligible for a booster shot to keep up your protection. See the latest guidance on boosters.

CDC recommends any of the available vaccines. Children 12 years and older are eligible to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more at cdc.gov/coronavirus.  

Questions:  

If you have any questions, contact [Insert school district/school name] at [Insert phone number] or the [Insert local health department] at [Insert phone number]. Thank you for helping to keep our students and staff safe.  

Sincerely, 

[Insert school district/school signature block]