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COVID-19 vaccine information
(Updated April 20)
All families with kids 16 and older can now schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments online. All vaccine appointments are currently held on the Milwaukee campus. Please know that a parent or guardian must be present at the time of vaccination.
While kids don’t typically get as sick or have as serious symptoms compared to adults, new variants of the virus are more easily spread by kids. Getting kids vaccinated is important to protecting those around them and overcoming COVID-19 as a community.
12 to 15 year old eligibility
On April 9, Pfizer-BioNTech requested that their vaccine be reviewed for emergency use in 12 to 15 year olds. Children’s is monitoring the review process and is preparing to vaccinate this age group. At this time, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is only approved for use in those 16 years old and older, and is the only vaccine approved for those under the age of 18.
We continue to encourage kids of all ages and families to practice all necessary safety precautions until all members of their family are vaccinated, including wearing a mask, washing your hands thoroughly and often, and social distancing when out of their home.
Addressing common vaccine questions
Children’s has vaccinated hundreds of children 16+ and we know that many families are eager for vaccines to be approved for younger kids. We also know that some families have questions about the vaccines. Children’s experts addressed some of the most common questions about the vaccine in March. We also encourage you to have a conversation with your child’s doctor to address particular questions you and your child may have.