Everything you need to know to get your children registered for the COVID-19 vaccine
Governor Eric Holcomb gives COVID-19 update and addresses Q & A session on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Indianapolis Star
Update: The Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine for people 12 to 15 years old on Monday afternoon. As of about 6 p.m., Indiana had not yet announced how it would provide vaccines for the age group. This story will be updated when the state provides details.
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A new group of Hoosiers will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, including some teenagers.
Gov. Eric Holcomb announced last week that COVID-19 vaccine eligibility would open to all Hoosiers 16 and older March 31, but there are special considerations for 16- and 17-year-olds who want to get signed up.
Only one of the three vaccines available has been authorized for use in individuals younger than 18, and minors will need to take extra steps to get vaccinated.
Here’s what you need to know to get your teens registered for the vaccine:
When can teenagers get vaccinated?
Holcomb said all Hoosiers age 16 and older can start signing up for the vaccine March 31. Eligibility opened for residents 30 and older on Monday, leaving Hoosiers age 16 to 29 in the final group to be made eligible. Anyone eligible can make a vaccine appointment starting Wednesday, but the actual appointment date will depend on availability. While the wait may be several weeks in some areas, those willing to drive have reported better luck finding open appointments in smaller communities.
State health officials have said that they hope everyone age 16 and older who wants to get vaccinated will have had the opportunity to do so by June.
Which vaccine can teenagers receive?
Right now, only the Pfizer vaccine has received emergency use authorization for individuals younger than 18. It’s approved for use in 16 and 17-year-olds.
So families making appointments for teens will need to make sure they’re choosing a location offering the Pfizer vaccine. The state registration website does say which vaccines are offered at each location.
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Dr. Kris Box, Indiana’s health commissioner, said the website would be changed to reflect those rules and remind those under 18 that they need to look for a Pfizer site.
Do minors need permission to get vaccinated?
Yes. Anyone younger than 18 who wants to get vaccinated will need permission from a parent or guardian. Box said last week that a parent or guardian can accompany their teen to sign a consent form or the teen can bring a signed form with them to their vaccine appointment.
One year of COVID-19 in Indiana. Indianapolis Star
“We do not want to put barriers up in front of 16- and 17-year-olds to get their vaccine,” Box said, “but we do want to be respectful of the fact that under 18, they would need someone to sign.”
Where can I get the consent form?
The consent and attestation will be included in the registration, which can be completed online. Teenagers will need to either have a parent or guardian present or bring a signed note from a parent or guardian.
Do teens need a photo ID?
Yes. The Indiana State Department of Health said that teenagers age 16 and 17 will need to bring proof of age, and gave examples such as a driver’s license, state ID, birth certificate or note from a doctor.
How do you register for the vaccine?
Once you’re eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you can either go online at ourshot.in.gov or schedule an appointment by calling 211.
Clinics that are part of the federal vaccine program, including those at pharmacies at CVS, Walgreens, Meijer and Kroger, will appear on the clinic map available on the state’s website — coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine — but are scheduled through those retailers’ online platforms.
When will the COVID-19 vaccine be available for kids under the age of 16?
Box said that she anticipates some vaccines being authorized for children ages 12 to 16 during the upcoming summer and early fall. Younger children, she said, may be waiting longer — until perhaps the first quarter of next year.
Call IndyStar education reporter Arika Herron at 317-201-5620 or email her at Arika.Herron@indystar.com. Follow her on Twitter: @ArikaHerron.
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