For under 18: Permission for the COVID-19 vaccine

People 5-11 must get permission from a parent or guardian to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Kids aged 12-17 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. Bring a signed consent form or letter from your parent or guardian.  You can contact your site to see if they have a permission form you can print out ahead of time. 
  3. Have the vaccine provider call or video your parent or guardian to give permission verbally. 

You must get parent or guardian consent if you are 11 years or younger.

If you are 12 years or older, you can still get the vaccine if a parent or guardian can’t be reached over the phone. But if your parent or guardian says no to the vaccine, you can't get the vaccine.

 

More information

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

Last updated November 19, 2021