Preteens and Teens

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COVID-19 Vaccine

Can preteens and teens get the COVID-19 vaccine?​

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for administration in patients aged 12 years and older. Go to County of Santa Clara COVID-19 Vaccine Information for the Public​.

NEW! A September joint letter from the Public Health Department and County Office of Education emphasizes the importance of in-person education and discusses prevention strategies to keep children as safe as possible and in school. The letter encourages families to be up to date on their immunizations, and to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. Read the letter here: English / Spanish / Chinese / Vietnamese / Tagalog

Get Your Flu Shot

The flu shot is a safe and effective way to reduce your risks of getting the flu and ending up in the hospital with severe flu. It is recommended that every person aged 6 months and older gets the flu vaccine, ideally by the end of October every year. It is especially important this year as the COVID virus is still circulating in Santa Clara County.

Flu shots are available from your regular doctor, pharmacies, and for free from the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. You can get both a flu shot and a COVID-19 vaccine in the same visit.

What Vaccines Do Preteens and Teens Need for School in Santa Clara County?

California school immunization law outlines the immunizations required for school entry.

See the recommended immunization schedule for children from birth to 18 years of age​ from the U.S. government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for all children 6 months and older. Immunizing your children is one of the best things you can do to protect them against serious diseases.

Where Can Teens Get Vaccinated in Santa Clara County?

  • Your child's pediatrician or your family doctor may offer vaccines.
  • Local pharmacies often offer vaccines for older children.
  • COVID-19 vaccine for youth age 12 and older is available at many County of Santa Clara sites.
  • Community clinics provide vaccines for children and youth in Santa Clara County. Find a community clinic near you: English / Spanish / Vietnamese.

If you do not have health insurance, find out if your child is eligible for Medi-Cal.

The Public Health Department is temporarily expanding services this fall to offer free Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccinations for 6th to 12th graders who need to catch up on this vaccination, which is required to attend school in California. Drop in at an event or make an appointment at our Travel and Immunization clinic. 

How Is My School Doing?

Are your child's classmates vaccinated? See immunization rates for schools in your area: 7th Grade.

How Do I Find My Child's Immunization Records?

See advice from the state of California on locating immunization records.​​​​​


County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Immunization Program

976 Lenzen Avenue.
Suite 1100
San Jose, CA 95126
United States

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