On May 10, 2021, the FDA authorized use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds. Following updated eligibility guidelines from the Georgia Department of Public Health, all Georgia residents ages 12 and older are now able to get vaccinated.
While children are at lower risk for COVID-19 infection and typically experience milder symptoms than adults, some kids can become seriously ill or spread the virus to others, even if they don’t have any symptoms. No matter your age or health, nobody knows exactly how COVID-19 will affect them. Getting vaccinated is the safest and most effective way to stop COVID-19’s spread and get Gwinnett schools, businesses, and our community as a whole operating at full speed again. So don’t delay — visit the Georgia Department of Public Health scheduling site or call (888) 457-0186 to schedule a vaccination appointment for yourself and your children ages 12 and older.
- The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in children ages 12 to 17. Children in the approved age range can receive the same 2-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as adults.
- The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is highly effective at preventing COVID-19 in all age groups. In a clinical trial involving 2,260 participants ages 12 to 15, none of the children who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine became sick with COVID-19.
- As with adult recipients, some of the 12- to 15-year-olds who got vaccinated experienced minimal side effects, including fever, tiredness, and aches and pains. Side effects are completely normal and show that the vaccine is working.
- Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines may not be available at all locations, so to ensure Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine availability for your children ages 12 to 15, please schedule an appointment at one of the mass vaccination sites run by the Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments or at CVS or Walgreens.