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Why should adolescents get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Everyone 12 or older who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The CDC and FDA have approved the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents ages 12 to 15. As with all vaccinations for minors, consent from a parent or guardian will be required.
The Pfizer vaccine is safe and highly effective at preventing illness. Parents who have questions should talk to their pediatricians or health care providers.
Even though New Jersey's youngest residents have among the lowest rates of hospitalizations and deaths, they have had some of the greatest rates of transmission. So parents are strongly encouraged to talk with their adolescent children about getting vaccinated.
For adolescents who want to see their friends again or go on trips, the best way to do that is to get vaccinated.
In addition, it's particularly important for adolescents to get vaccinated because children can get very ill with this virus. In New Jersey, over 100 children were diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) and all of these children required hospitalization.
MIS-C is a rare condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.
Many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been around someone with COVID-19. It can be serious, even deadly, but most children who were diagnosed with this condition have gotten better with medical care. Thankfully there have not been any deaths in New Jersey associated with this syndrome.
There are many ways to get vaccinated.