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COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Teenagers

There’s a lot of information about the COVID-19 vaccine out there – from TV to online news and social media.

The COVID-19 vaccine can help prevent infection. It can also help prevent you from getting seriously sick if you do get infected. The virus is sometimes milder in youth compared to adults. However, some infected teenagers can get severe lung infections, need hospitalization or die.

There are three vaccines available for ages 12 years and older. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are both mRNA vaccines. Novavax is a protein-based vaccine. Everyone ages 12 years and older can receive the Pfizer or Moderna updated booster (which protects against Omicron and all its recent variants).

If you are immunocompromised, talk to your pediatrician or health care provider. They can provide information about a schedule for primary series and booster doses.

Being vaccinated can give your parents or caregivers an extra sense of security when you resume in-person activities. This includes school and activities with large groups of people in a crowded setting. The vaccine also helps reduce the spread of COVID-19. This is especially important for protecting older adults like grandparents.

There are many places you can go to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine. These include health centers, pharmacies or your doctor’s office. Before going to or making an appointment, check to see if they administer it based on your age. You need consent from a parent or guardian if you’re 17 years or younger in Pennsylvania or Delaware. The only exception is Philadelphia, where minors ages 11 years and older can provide their own consent.

Below are resources to help you make a decision about a getting the COVID-19 vaccine. They include tips on how to talk to your parents.

Benefits of the Vaccination

Tips for teens on how to talk with parents about the COVID-19 vaccine

Effectiveness of the COVID-19 Vaccine in Teenagers

Vaccine Side Effects

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