CDC Recommends Pfizer COVID Vaccine for Adolescents 12-15 Years

May 13, 2021

COVID-19 Announcement: Nurse-Led COVID Vaccine Confidence Project

Wednesday (5/12), CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended Pfizer's COVID vaccine for adolescents age 12-15 years. Providers may begin vaccinating adolescents with Pfizer's COVID vaccine.

What you need to know about the clinical trial:

  • Pfizer's COVID vaccine was 100% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID in adolescents.
  • No serious side effects were reported for participants.
  • Other childhood and adolescent vaccines can be administered at the same time as the COVID vaccine.

What you can tell parents: (CDC Guidance)

  • Studies show that COVID vaccines are safe and effective.
  • The COVID vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, including studies in adolescents.
  • Your child will need a second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine 3 weeks after their first shot.
  • Your child can’t get COVID from any COVID vaccine, including the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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