COVID-19 vaccines now available for younger individuals

May 13, 2021  //  FOUND IN: News

Michigan Medicine has opened scheduling for COVID-19 vaccine appointments for individuals as young as 12 years old. Appointments are available starting Friday, May 14, to patients age 12-15 who have Michigan Medicine medical record numbers (MRN). All appointments are still available for anyone over age 15 who has not yet been vaccinated.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to include this younger population. Previously, the Pfizer vaccine was only available to patients age 16 and older.

The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have extensively reviewed the available research and determined that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective at preventing serious illness caused by the coronavirus in individuals as young as age 12.

Vaccines are offered by appointment only. You do not have to be a Michigan Medicine patient to schedule an appointment, but you do need an established Michigan Medicine medical record number (MRN). Call 734-936-4990 to set up an MRN before calling to schedule an appointment.

If the adolescent has a MyUofMHealth patient portal account, the patient or an adult with proxy access for the patient can easily schedule an appointment online. Individuals without portal access can call 734-763-6336 to schedule by phone.

If a parent or guardian will not be accompanying a patient under age 18 to their appointment, written permission must be provided. Only one parent or guardian is permitted per child with an appointment. Visit the COVID-19 Vaccines for Adolescents & Children webpage for more information.