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- How Do I Find a Pfizer Vaccine for Kids Ages 12-15?
- What Kind of ID Is Needed?
- Do I Need to Accompany My Kid to Their Appointment?
Children and young people ages 12-15 are now eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in California.
If you're looking for a vaccine appointment for someone in this age group in the Bay Area, statewide appointments for children ages 12-15 became available on the state's My Turn vaccination site starting Thursday, May 13. There are, however, a number of ways to secure a COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12-15.
How Do I Find a Pfizer Vaccine for Kids Ages 12-15?
First of all, if you're looking for a COVID vaccine appointment near you for someone in this age group, you need to make sure that appointment is for the Pfizer vaccine, which is now authorized for people ages 12 and older. That's because the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are still only authorized for use in people 18 and older.
The good news is that with this age expansion, most vaccine appointments will be clearly labeled with the vaccine type or with the ages being served.
You may not even need an appointment. As supplies of COVID-19 vaccines are finally catching up to demand in California, there are many drop-in, no-appointment-required clinics now operating in the Bay Area. You can find your county's list of drop-in sites, or use My Turn's guide to walk-up clinics near you.
Some vaccination websites will allow you to filter appointments by vaccine type. For example, on Vaccines.gov (also known as Vaccine Finder) you can deselect Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to see only sites offering Pfizer vaccines.
VaccinateCA, a California volunteer organization that aggregates and confirms details of statewide vaccination sites, has now expanded nationwide as part of the nonprofit Vaccinate the States. Their vaccine locator map below shows only Pfizer locations in the Bay Area, using information from Vaccines.gov and calls to individual locations:
Don't assume you or the young people in your care will be proactively contacted about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
There are four major ways to find a COVID-19 vaccine.
1. Find a Vaccine Through My Turn
My Turn is the state's tool that allows Californians to schedule COVID vaccination appointments at mass vaccination sites, clinics and pharmacies.
2. Find a Vaccine Through Your County
Visit your county's public health website to learn how your county is vaccinating residents.
3. Find a Vaccine Through Your Health Care Provider
If you have health insurance that covers a young person in your care, check with your provider to see if they can offer a COVID-19 vaccine. If they don't have health insurance but get medical care through a city/county-run provider, you can check with that location.
4. Find a Vaccine Through a Local Pharmacy
Several pharmacy chains are offering online appointments for COVID-19 vaccines — and you can now find a shot without an appointment at any CVS pharmacy that offers them.
- CVS COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments
- Rite Aid COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments
- Safeway (Albertsons) COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments
- Walgreens COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments (or call 1-800-WALGREENS, 1-800-925-4733)
- Costco COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments
Do I Need to Make My Kid's Vaccine Appointment for Them?
Technically, yes. When using My Turn to find a vaccine appointment, people ages 12-17 will need a parent or legal guardian to make the booking, since My Turn asks you to "certify that I am at least 18 years of age, or the parent or legal guardian of the minor patient."