COVID-19 Vaccines for Adolescents and Children

Page updated May 24, 2021

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to be available to anyone age 12 and older.

The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have extensively reviewed the available research and determined that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective at preventing serious illness caused by the coronavirus in individuals as young as age 12.

Illness caused by COVID-19 has been on the rise in this pediatric population. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the Michigan Medicine Safety & Efficacy Task Force join the CDC and FDA in recommending vaccination for individuals age 12 and older.

We will continue to update this page with the newest information as soon as it becomes available. See below for more details, including questions and answers about the COVID-19 vaccine for children and information about locations where your child can get vaccinated. For additional information about vaccines for children and teens, visit the COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens page on the CDC website.

Questions and Answers for Parents About the COVID-19 Vaccine and Your Child

How old does my child have to be to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Anyone age 12 and older is now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Who cannot get the vaccine?

Your child (or anyone, regardless of age) cannot get the vaccine if any of the following statements is true:

  • They have received another vaccine in the last 14 days (including vaccines such as Hepatitis B, Tetanus, seasonal flu, etc.) 
  • They have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 10 days
  • They have received an infusion of COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies in the past 90 days
  • They are allergic to any ingredient in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. A list of the ingredients in the Pfizer vaccine is available on our COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ page on UofMHealth.org under "About the COVID-19 Vaccines".

If your child has a history of allergies, they will be observed for a longer period of time after their injection (at least 30 minutes) by medical personnel onsite and should report any symptoms to the charge nurse during the observation period. Medical staff at all locations are equipped with anaphylaxis kits and supplies to quickly treat anyone experiencing an allergic reaction to the vaccine.

Visit our COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ page on UofMHealth.org for more information about vaccine restrictions and special considerations.

How can I schedule an appointment for myself or my child?

Anyone with an established Michigan Medicine medical record number (MRN) who is age 12 and older can schedule a vaccine appointment at Michigan Medicine. If you do not have an MRN and would like to establish one, please call our patient registration team at 734-936-4990 before calling to schedule a vaccine appointment.  

Appointments for established patients can be scheduled online through the MyUofMHealth patient portal. Portal scheduling for COVID-19 vaccines can be done by a parent or guardian who has proxy access for the adolescent patient, or by the patient themselves if the patient has a portal account established. Parents or guardians can request proxy access to a minor patient's MyUofMHealth portal account here. 

Those without MyUofMHealth patient portal access can call the COVID vaccine scheduling center at 734-763-6336 to make an appointment.  At the prompt, please press 1 for COVID vaccinations and then 2 to speak with an agent.

Visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Update page on UofMHealth.org for vaccine information for those 16 and older. Vaccines are also widely available in Michigan at local retail pharmacies and through local health departments. Visit www.VaccineFinder.org to identify other vaccine sites near you. We encourage you to be vaccinated wherever you are first given the opportunity.

What permissions are needed for a minor to get the vaccine?

A parent or guardian must provide consent for a patient under the age of 18 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If the parent or guardian cannot accompany the patient to their appointment, written consent can be provided. The written consent should be signed and dated by the patient’s parent or guardian and should include the following statement, “As the parent/legal guardian, I give my consent for (patient’s name) to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine.”

Where is Michigan Medicine offering COVID-19 vaccinations?

Patients age 12 and older can schedule appointments at our Michigan Stadium vaccine clinic in Ann Arbor. In late May, we will be moving our Ann Arbor COVID-19 vaccination clinic from Michigan Stadium to the U-M North Campus Research Complex. The location of your appointment will be noted when you are scheduling your appointment. For more details and a map of the Michigan Stadium location, visit the Your Vaccination Appointment page.

Our Brighton Health Center is administering the Moderna vaccine at this time. Because only the Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for minors, the Brighton Health Center location is not able to offer vaccination to patients under the age of 18 at this time.

How many family members can I bring to my child’s vaccine appointment?

Patients scheduled for a vaccine appointment should be accompanied by no more than one other person, in order to help us maintain social distancing at our vaccine clinics.

Please note that our visitor policy applies to all vaccine appointments. View our most recent visitor policy.

What should we expect at our vaccine appointment?

Visit our “Your Vaccination Appointment” page for more information about what to expect at your Michigan Medicine COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

Our visitor policy applies to all vaccine appointments and only allows for one person to accompany your child at their appointment. View our most recent visitor policy.

In particular, please note that anyone entering the vaccination site, including parents and guardians, will need to complete our COVID screening at or before entering. No one who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 10 days will be permitted to enter.

What are the side effects of the vaccine?

In the vaccine clinical trials, most people did not have serious problems after being vaccinated, and symptoms usually went away on their own within a week. More people experienced these side effects after getting the second dose than the first one.

Common side effects that have been reported with available COVID-19 vaccines include:

  • injection site pain, swelling, or redness
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • chills
  • joint pain
  • fever
  • nausea
  • feeling unwell
  • swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy)

Side effects of individual COVID-19 vaccines may vary. You can find more information about what to expect after getting vaccinated on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html

How much does the vaccine cost?

There is no out-of-pocket cost to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The federal government is providing the vaccine itself at no cost to patients.

There is a vaccine administration fee for supplies, facilities, staffing and other expenses that will be covered in full by your insurance company, Medicaid, Medicare, or the federal government if you do not have insurance.

If you receive a bill in error, please call Patient Financial Experience at 855-855-0863 or 734-615-0863.

More Vaccine Information

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and availability, visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Update page on UofMHealth.org.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids: Q&A

As families prepare for the COVID vaccine rollout for adolescents and younger teens ages 12-15, Michigan Medicine experts will help answer parents’ top questions about vaccinations for kids.

Panelists will include family medicine physician Pamela Rockwell, M.D. and Sharon Kileny, M.D., pediatrician at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.