Pediatric scheduling reminders for COVID-19 vaccines

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for use in individuals as young as 12 years old.

Here are answers to questions about the expansion of the vaccine and how it is being distributed in Ohio.

Where can children 12 and older get vaccinated?

All Cleveland Clinic vaccine locations in Ohio can vaccinate patients 12 years and older with the Pfizer vaccine.

Do providers need to place an order?

No order is needed for any patient or child getting the vaccine at Cleveland Clinic. Similar to the flu vaccine, it’s covered by a standing order.

Is parental consent necessary?

Patients under the age of 18 who are coming to a Cleveland Clinic vaccination site must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or provide written consent from their parent or guardian in order to receive the vaccine.

How are kids monitored after receiving the vaccine?

The same as adults. They are monitored for 15 minutes after vaccination; 30 minutes if they have had a previous anaphylactic history with a vaccine.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Scheduling is easy using  MyChart or calling 216.448.4117 Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Do you offer weekend appointments?

Yes, we offer Saturday hours. Please note that Saturday appointments fill up fast.

What about children younger than 12 years old?

If a parent schedules a child under the age of 12 inadvertently, they will not be given a vaccine and will be canceled from the schedule because they are not eligible at this time. Clinical trials for this age group are currently underway.

Vaccination is one of the most important ways to slow the spread of the virus. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they are eligible.