Should my 16-year-old get vaccinated?

As a pediatrician and mom of three, and together with all of my colleagues here at COVID-101, I strongly recommend vaccinating your 16- or 17-year-old against COVID-19.

The Pfizer vaccine has now received full approval from the FDA for ages 16 and up. As of August 23, 2021, over 3.3 million 16- and 17-year-olds have now received the vaccine in the U.S. This vaccine continues to be highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to COVID-19, including from the Delta variant

Ongoing surveillance continues to show that the vaccine is safe in this age group. Vaccine protection is crucial because pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations are higher now than they have been at any point so far in the pandemic. It is more important than ever to get your child vaccinated along with the rest of your family. 

First published: May 7, 2021, 9:40 am ET

Last update: August 23, 2021, 17:00 pm ET

Science review: ERS, SGB, JAB