Vaccinating 16 and 17-year-olds
We know parents are eager to find COVID-19 vaccination appointments for their teens. Currently Pfizer-BioNTech is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for people 16 years of age and older. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are authorized for people 18 and older. We are working to add vaccine type to our Vaccine Locator webpage and mobile app to help simplify the process. In the meantime, we encourage providers to clearly identify the type of vaccine they are offering for available appointments. If the vaccine type is not listed, people may need to contact the provider.
Starting April 15 everyone ages 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Those age 16 or 17 may need consent from a parent or guardian to get the vaccine, unless they are legally emancipated.
Vaccine trials for adolescents
Friday Johnson & Johnson announced it’s expanding its vaccine trial to include adolescents 12 to 17 years of age. The vaccine will initially be tested in a small number of teens age 16 to 17. Following review of initial data, the study will expand to a larger group of younger adolescents. The news comes on the heels of a recent study released by Pfizer that shows the Pfizer vaccine is safe and 100% effective for adolescents age 12 to 15.
Moderna is also studying the safety and effectiveness of its vaccine on children. The company is currently conducting two clinical trials, including one for adolescents age 12 to 17. The second trial is for children age 6 months to 11 years old.