Children and Youth Vaccine Updates

We are working hard to provide reliable information and resources about COVID-19 vaccines as we all continue to cope with the effects of the ongoing pandemic. We’ve joined partners throughout the country to share fact-based information so that our families can make informed decisions about their health and COVID-19. Please visit our Covid Resource Page for resources and tools from partners throughout the country. Follow us at @PIQEUSA for the latest information. #WeCanDoThis

We Can Do This

Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone 12 and older. See these ways to find more information and a vaccine near you:

Vaccinating Children

Vaccinating children will help protect them from getting COVID-19 and therefore reduce their risk of severe disease, hospitalizations, or developing long-term COVID-19 complications. Check-in regularly to find the latest information to share on COVID-19 vaccines for children.

Rapid Test Kits for All CA students

California schools will receive at-home COVID-19 tests for students as they return back to campus after winter break. Check-in with your schools about rapid kits and availability.

Boosters for 12+

On January 5, CDC endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation to expand eligibility of booster doses to those 12 to 15 years old. CDC now recommends that adolescents aged 12 to 17 years old should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.

Data show that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen protection against Omicron and other SARS-CoV-2 variants. ACIP reviewed the available safety data following the administration of over 25 million vaccine doses in adolescents; COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 12-17.