Can preteens and teens get the COVID-19 vaccine?
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is only authorized for administration in patients aged 16 years and older. The Moderna vaccine is only authorized in patients aged 18 years and older. Clinical trials are underway for younger children, but at this point there is no vaccine approved for younger children. Go to County of Santa Clara COVID-19 Vaccine Information for the Public.
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.
- Recommended immunization schedule for children from 7 to 18 years of age
- Vacunas recomendadas para los niños de los 7 años hasta los 18 años de edad enfermedades prevenibles con las vacunas para prevenibles
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.
See the Letter from Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody and Superintendent Dr. Mary Ann DeWan on childhood vaccinations and wellness care for the upcoming school year – August 18, 2020. (PDF) ENGLISH | SPANISH | VIETNAMESE
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.
- 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.
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.