The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has amended Pfizer-BioNTech’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to expand use of its vaccine to include youth ages 12-15. Delaware has been working on informational materials and preparing to make the vaccine available to this newest group of vaccine-eligible people. Under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization revision, providers may begin to vaccinate those 12 and older with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine immediately if they are prepared to do so.
Visit the CDC’s webpage for more information about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/adolescents.html
Delaware’s Fact Sheet on COVID-19 Vaccinations for 12 – 15 year olds:
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Facts a Glance:
COVID-19 is a vaccine-preventable disease, just like measles, mumps and other childhood diseases. Here’s what we know so far.
No symptomatic cases of coronavirus were found among children aged 12 to 15 who received the vaccine, while 16 cases were identified in the placebo group.
The children produced strong antibody responses; much higher levels compared to trial participants 16 – 25 years old according to trial data from Pfizer.
We hear parents concerns about the potential impact of the vaccine on their child’s fertility. There is no reported loss of fertility among the millions of people who have already received a vaccine, and pregnancy has occurred among those who have received vaccines, both during and after clinical trials. Also, according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, there is no scientific evidence of loss of fertility from any of the three vaccines authorized for Emergency use, calling it “unlikely.”
Children are not immune from COVID-19. 1.5 million cases, and more than 13,000 hospitalizations from the disease nationwide have been reported to the CDC among children ages 11-17. The vaccine is their best protection.
It’s particularly important to vaccinate children in this age group with underlying health conditions, or those who live with those who do. These individuals, including vulnerable seniors, are all at higher risk for severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. While youth are less likely to be hospitalized, 61% of those who were had at least one underlying health condition.
As more people get vaccinated, adolescents represent an increasing proportion of recent COVID-19 cases.
Where Can I Get my 12 – 15-year-old Vaccinated?
Since youth in this age group can only receive the Pfizer vaccine at this point, the following sites are the best options for your child:
*Note: Written parental consent is required to vaccinate individuals younger than 18 years old, however the parent is not required to be on site with the child during the vaccination.
*Ready to begin vaccinating immediately by appointment or walk-in.
- No appointment needed.
- If appointment is desired, call 1-833-643-1715
- Call for availability and scheduling.
- Not all sites will have the vaccine.
- DPH is working to enroll additional pediatric providers.
Curative sites in Wilmington, Dover and Georgetown
- May take a few days to implement system upgrades to allow 12+ to schedule an appointment
- Visit Where Can I Get My Vaccine
Nemours Health System
- Nemours is providing the COVID-19 vaccine to children and young adults, ages 12-21. If you choose this option, you or your child will receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine
- Visit here
Pharmacies that carry Pfizer
- Visit de.gov/pharmacies
- Some pharmacies that plan to vaccinate this population may take a few days to implement system upgrades to allow 12+ to schedule an appointment. Please check the scheduling sites for the pharmacies offering Pfizer for the latest information on vaccination availability for individuals age 12 – 15.
Report Vaccination Violations
Additionally, any health care provider who intentionally or willfully provides or distributes, or who supervises someone who intentionally or willfully provides or distributes the COVID-19 vaccine to any individual who is not authorized to receive such vaccine pursuant to the Vaccination Guidance is guilty of unprofessional conduct as defined in Title 24 and may be subject to licensure discipline. Send your complaints to Division of Professional Regulation about this conduct.
Get More COVID Data
For more data on Delaware COVID cases, testing and outcomes, including demographic breakdowns, go to My Healthy Community