Anyone younger than 18 who is not emancipated must have parental consent to be vaccinated. The child’s parent or guardian should come with them to the vaccine appointment, unless the vaccination is at a physician’s office, school or school-associated clinic.
Children ages 12-17 can be vaccinated at the hundreds of vaccination locations throughout Ohio. Parents and guardians should note that under Ohio law, 12-year-olds must have a prescription to be vaccinated at a pharmacy. A bill has been introduced that would all children ages 7-12 to receive a COVID or flu vaccine at a pharmacy without a prescription.
To schedule a COVID vaccine appointment, visit https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/.
The Ohio Department of Health released a list of frequently asked questions about COVID vaccines in adolescents, addressing concerns about the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness, possible impacts on fertility, side effects and more.
During the Pfizer vaccine clinical trial, more than 1,100 youth between the ages of 12-15 received the vaccine and about 1,100 received a placebo. There were zero cases of coronavirus in the vaccination group and 16 cases of coronavirus in the placebo group, according to the FDA.
Common side effects of the vaccine include soreness, redness and swelling at the injection site; fever and chills; headache; fatigue; and muscle or joint pain, according to the state health department. Side effects typically last a few day and may increase with the second dose.
To view ODH’s complete list of frequently asked questions and responses, read below: