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.  On August 23, the FDA granted regular approval for the Pfizer-BioNtech for prevention of disease in those age 16 and older. The vaccine continues to be available for those age 12 to 15 under emergency use authorization. Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized 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. 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 location. 

Maury Regional Medical Plaza

854 W. James Campbell Blvd.
Columbia, TN 38401

Walk-in, no appointment necessary. Find dates and times here.

Parent/guardian consent is required for individuals under the age of 18. For more information about vaccination with Maury Regional Health, call 931.490.4624

Additional Resources

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

Pfizer-BioNTech Fact Sheet

CDC Recommendations