Adolescent Vaccination

On May 10, the FDA granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer two-dose vaccine to be administered to adolescents age 12-15, following initial EUA for individuals age 16+. Guidance regarding its administration was released by the CDC on May 12, opening opportunities for more school-age children to be vaccinated.

More than 140 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been safely administered and its effectiveness in reducing hospitalizations and death are proven. Pfizer is the only vaccination approved for populations under the age of 18 at this time.

Is the vaccine safe for children under 16?

Prior to the authorization, Pfizer and BioNTech completed a phase 3 trial including 2,260 adolescents ages 12 to 15 with half receiving the vaccine and half receiving the placebo. Results indicated that the vaccine appears to be as effective among adolescents as older age groups. (Remember, more than 130 million doses have been administered in the U.S.) Side effects were similar to those in adult populations and include fatigue, chills, headache and pain at injection site, with fever reported as a slight increase in compared to other age groups. If you have questions or concerns, please seek guidance from your physician or another medical expert. There is a great deal of misinformation being shared about vaccination that is not based on scientific evidence, so always seek guidance from a medical professional before making your decision.

Why vaccinate your child?

By vaccinating your child, you are protecting them against the virus, ensuring they don’t unknowingly infect others and you are helping your community safely return to a more normal daily life. In addition, infection or exposure to COVID-19 will result in quarantine and missing:

  • School days
  • Important games
  • Social events
  • Holidays & vacations
  • Work days for teens and parents

Vaccination also reduces the likelihood of additional variants of the virus developing.

Where can I find the Pfizer vaccine for my child?

Maury Regional Health offers vaccination at the following locations. Parent/guardian consent is required for individuals under the age of 18.

Columbia Pediatric Clinic
Nashville Highway
Columbia, TN 38401

Tuesdays & Thursdays
2 – 7 PM

May 18 - June 10

To make an appointment, click here.


Maury Regional Medical Plaza
854 W. James Campbell Blvd.
Columbia, TN 38401

Mondays & Wednsdays
8 AM – 4 PM

Tuesdays & Thursdays
8 AM - Noon

Walk-in, no appointment necessary.

For more information about either clinic location, call 931.490.4624

Additional Resources

For more information about the Pfizer vaccine, visit the links below:

Pfizer-BioNTech Fact Sheet

CDC Recommendations