Adolescents 12+ Cleared for COVID Vaccine

Maryland vaccination sites are open, starting to day, to 12-16 year olds, as testing indicated the treatment safe and effective.

Maryland vaccination sites, including both “mass vaccination” locations and a variety of other providers, will offer treatment to 12 year olds and up, effective today.

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for adolescents 12 to 15 years of age. Marylanders 12 and older are eligible for vaccination. Most of Maryland’s mass vaccination sites now offer the Pfizer vaccine.

To secure an appointment, visit the state mass vaccination website.

From coverage in Maryland Matters:

The latest federal recommendation will open COVID-19 vaccinations to 17 million American teens, according to Kaiser Family Foundation data. With vaccine demand waning among U.S. adults, public health experts say vaccinating children will prove critical to reaching sufficient levels of immunity throughout the country.

“Especially as we race now against the the ongoing spread of these new variants that are more infectious, it is more important than ever to get everyone vaccinated,” said Dr. Jinlene Chan, Maryland’s deputy secretary for health services.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties