Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine receives approval for children aged 12-15

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized 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.

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. 

What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccinations in children

  • 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.
  • Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine available for children aged 12-17. The other two vaccines authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Moderna and Johnston & Johnson (Janssen), are authorized for individuals age 18 and over.
  • Similar to the first authorized COVID-19 vaccines for adults, the vaccine has gone through rigorous testing and analysis to determine its safety and effectiveness in children before it’s made available to the public.

How to schedule

Cleveland Clinic vaccination sites offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to individuals age 12 and up. Log into  MyChart to schedule a vaccine appointment for you or your child or call 216.448.4117 Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET.

Walk-ins are welcome at our Langston Hughes Community Health and Education Center and Lutheran Hospital community vaccine clinics for either first or second dose Pfizer vaccines.

Resources

Review these frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine in children.

Watch the videos below for more information from Cleveland Clinic doctors.