How to Talk to Your Parents About Vaccines

how to talk to your parents about vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for people ages 12 and older!

Currently, anyone under 18 must have parental consent to get vaccinated. If you want to get vaccinated, but aren’t sure how to talk to your parents about it, check out some of the resources below:


VaxTeenProvides teens with accurate medical and legal information about vaccines.
Preparing for Questions Parents May Ask about VaccinesFact sheet from the CDC with common questions parents have about vaccine safety and side effects.
Fact Sheets for Teens and PreteensAdditional fact sheets on common vaccines to help you both benefits and side effects.
Vaccine Skeptic SimulatorConversation simulator that helps you address the common misconceptions your loved ones might have about vaccines.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?


The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for everyone ages 12 and up. Currently, Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for individuals between 12 and 18 years old. The vaccine is available at no cost to you, and you do not need insurance or a social security number to receive it.

Q How do we know COVID-19 vaccines are safe for teens?


The COVID-19 vaccine went through the same transparent and rigorous process with tens of thousands of clinical trial participants as other vaccinations your child has received, like the flu or chicken pox. Every study, every phase and every trial was reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and an independent safety board. The vaccines continue to be monitored very closely.

Q Why should teenagers get vaccinated?


Although young people do not usually experience severe COVID-19 symptoms, they can still get sick. Additionally, they may spread it to friends and family members. Outbreaks in schools can also slow down the reopening process and prevent them from participating in activities they enjoy, like sports and clubs. Just like adults, getting vaccinated can help teens feel safer and ensure they and their family members stay healthy and happy.

Q Will a COVID-19 vaccine be required for school entry?


It has not yet been determined if the COVID-19 vaccine will be required when students return to school in the fall. Local government officials are working with health experts to determine the best course of action. In the meantime, you can make sure you are caught up on your vaccinations against measles, influenza, whooping cough and any others that your pediatrician recommends.

Q Can I get vaccinated alone or with a group of friends?


No. A parent/guardian must accompany a minor and provide written consent (by completing the forms at registration and the immunization questionnaire) as with other vaccines.

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