Vaccines for 16 and 17 Year Olds Now Available

Vaccines for 16 and 17 Year Olds Now Available
Posted on 04/26/2021
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This week the ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves, MN’ vaccine outreach campaign is focusing on Minnesotans aged 16 and 17 - which includes some of our ISD 192 students. 

This means that between April 27th and May 1st, 16 and 17 year olds, and their parents, will be prioritized for vaccines at Minnesota’s Mall of America Community Vaccination site.

Click here to register for your appointment at Mall of America:

Mall of America Community Vaccination Registration

In Greater Minnesota, go to the CDC’s Vaccine Finder to schedule an appointment for a Pfizer vaccine at a pharmacy near you or sign up on Minnesota’s COVID Vaccine Connector to receive more information about vaccine opportunities.

Very important: the Pfizer vaccine has ONLY been authorized to vaccinate youth ages 16 and up and will only be administered to those ages 16 and up. 

FUN FACT: If someone is fully vaccinated and is exposed, they do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:

  • The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after their vaccination series was fully completed.
  • They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.

People who have had COVID-19 (with a positive lab-confirmed test) in the past 90 days also do not need to quarantine.

The Roll Up Your Sleeves, Teens push comes at a critical time as Minnesota is seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, especially among younger Minnesotans.

Part of the solution to lowering community spread is ensuring that our teens who can get vaccinated DO GET VACCINATED! And those who can’t, GET TESTED!

Getting vaccinated will help give 16 and 17 year olds like our students the best chance to continue learning in-person, participating in sports and activities, attend graduation and go to prom. By getting vaccinated our children are also doing their part to protect those who are not able to be vaccinated at this time.

Of course, we all still need to remain vigilant in regards to masking, hand washing and social distancing. And for those Minnesotans too young to be vaccinated, testing remains absolutely critical.

Here’s that link for appointments at Mall of America one more time:

Mall of America Community Vaccination Registration

In Greater Minnesota, go to the CDC’s Vaccine Finder to schedule an appointment for a Pfizer vaccine at a pharmacy near you or sign up on Minnesota’s COVID Vaccine Connector to receive more information about vaccine opportunities.

Consent Guidance:

Children under the age of 18 must have consent signed on their behalf by a parent or guardian when scheduling an online appointment. It is very important that the scheduling forms are filled out correctly in advance and to have a parent or legal guardian go to the vaccine appointment with their 16- or 17- year-old to learn about the COVID-19 vaccine and provide consent for the child to receive the vaccine. Additional information on Parental Consent can be found here.

For the Mall of America Community Vaccination Site:

If children under the age of 18 arrive without a parent, The Community Vaccination Program at Mall of America will vaccinate if the attestation box on the pre-registration form is checked and the parent has signed the consent.  If the parent/guardian has not signed the consent in advance, The Community Vaccination Program can accept written consent from a parent/guardian accompanying the minor child to the appointment.  If a parent/guardian is not present, staff will request that the patient call their parent/guardian and staff will attempt to obtain verbal consent.  If staff are not able to obtain pre-registration or onsite verbal/written consent, staff are not allowed to vaccinate the patient.