For under 18: Permission for the COVID-19 vaccine

People under 18 should get permission from a parent or guardian to get the COVID-19 vaccine. See your options.

In general, people under 18 need to get permission from a parent or guardian to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

If you are legally considered a self-sufficient or emancipated minor, you do not need permission.

Check your vaccine site for any requirements.

Ways to get permission

If you are under 18, you can either:

  1. Bring a parent or guardian with you when you get vaccinated.
  2. Contact your site to see if they have a permission form you can print out ahead of time. Have your parent or guardian sign the form. Bring the signed form when you get vaccinated.
  3. Have the vaccine provider call your parent or guardian to give permission over the phone.

If a parent or guardian can’t be reached over the phone, you can still get the vaccine.

If your parent or guardian says no to the vaccine over the phone, you cannot get the vaccine.


More information

See official healthcare provider guidance about consenting for minors, from the Department of Public Health.

Last updated May 18, 2021