Adolescents 12+ May Consent to Receive Pfizer Vaccine
On 5/14, the Philadelphia Board of Health updated the Emergency Order Concerning COVID-19 Vaccine Information Statements to allow individuals 11 years of age and older to consent to his or her own immunization with a COVID-19 vaccine under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), without the approval or consent of a parent or guardian. In this case, an EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers would substitute for a Vaccine Information Statement.
Currently, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is only authorized for 12 years of age and older. The language 11 years and older in the Philadelphia Board of Health order aligns with the original regulations that give individuals 11 years and older the ability to consent for approved vaccines with a Vaccine Information Statement. However, at this time, you should ONLY vaccinate individuals 12 years of age and older with the Pfizer product.
The unaccompanied minor presenting for vaccination can be vaccinated, subject to a vaccine provider’s determination that the minor is able to, and does provide, informed consent.
To view the original regulations, please go to Section 4, part b of the Regulations Governing the Immunization and Treatment of Newborns, Children and Adolescents document found here.
AAP Statement on Adolescent COVID-19 Vaccination and Co-Administration
Following the ACIP meeting on May 12, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a Policy Statement recommending vaccination for eligible children ages 12 and up with the federally authorized COVID-19 vaccine. The statement supports co-administration of COVID-19 vaccine with routine immunizations in order to catch children up on any missed vaccines caused by the pandemic:
For additional guidance regarding vaccinating adolescents and concurrent administration of other vaccines, please download:
- ACIP Interim Recommendation for Use of Pfizer Vaccine for Adolescents Ages 12-15
- CDC Interim Recommendations for COVID-19 Vaccine Use
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