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Information about high-risk kids (ages 16+) and the COVID-19 vaccine

Teenagers aged 16 years and older are now eligible to be vaccinated.

Can my child be vaccinated at Children’s Minnesota?

Eligibility

If your child is 16 years of age or older, they are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Children’s Minnesota is texting or emailing all of our patients 16 and older to get them scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccination. We ask that families do not reach out to us to ask if their child can get vaccinated as we have to follow the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines and rules for vaccine distribution. You will be contacted by us if your child is eligible.

Our vaccine supply remains very limited and Children’s Minnesota receives small quantities of the COVID-19 vaccine periodically that can only be given to groups designated by the state. Children’s Minnesota vaccination clinics are not open to the community for walk-ins. You must be invited by Children’s Minnesota and be scheduled.

Quantities

We will not have enough supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to vaccinate everyone right away. Please do not call your clinic to request a vaccine as we do not have the supply at this time.

We estimate vaccine supply will increase by later spring 2021. We will continue reaching out to our patients 16 and older as supply allows. Thank you for your patience.

Is the vaccine safe for my child?

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe. It is also 100 percent effective in keeping your child out of the hospital if they get a COVID-19 infection and also 100 percent effective in preventing them from dying of COVID-19.

More about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • There are no conditions that children have that would prevent them from receiving the vaccine. Those kids who are especially at risk (e.g. kids with immune deficiencies, oxygen dependent, heart/lung problems and other rare diseases) are especially at risk and are encouraged to be vaccinated.
    • Although extremely rare, an anaphylactic reaction to a prior COVID-19 vaccine is the only reason someone cannot receive the vaccine.
  • Common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are similar to other vaccines, such as arm soreness, possible fever, fatigue or body aches that generally last a day. These are actually your immune response building the protections to fight the virus in the future.
  • At Children’s Minnesota, over 80 percent of our staff are already vaccinated.

Resources helpful when choosing to vaccinate your teen

Alexandra Rothstein