CDC approves Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for ages 12 – 15
We're proud to be offering the vaccine to ages 12+ at our Joint & Spine Center in Mt. Auburn beginning Thursday, May 13! Minors need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and provide documentation indicating their date of birth. Parents/guardians can schedule through MyChart if you have proxy access to your child's account; here, through our website; or by calling 513-585-3881 Friday between 8 a.m. and noon.
Pfizer has said they found the vaccine was safe and 100% effective in 12- to 15-year-olds. In a trial of 2,260 adolescents, there were 18 cases of COVID-19 in the group that got a placebo and none among those who received the vaccine. Pediatricians say that having adverse side effects or complications from actually getting the virus is higher than any risk one would have from getting the vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Overview
We're proud to now be offering the COVID-19 vaccine, helping our community end the pandemic. Here, you can learn more about eligibility requirements, how to schedule your appointment and more.
Who is eligible for the vaccine?
You must be 12 years or older and meet the following criteria before being vaccinated:
Are not currently experiencing cold symptoms or a fever (100 degrees or higher)
Are not currently under isolation for active COVID-19 or COVID-19 exposure
Have not received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine already
Have not received any non-COVID-19 vaccine within the previous 14 days
Have not received intravenous antibody infusion as treatment for COVID-19 within the past 90 days
Lastly, if you suffer from severe allergic reactions that require you to carry an EpiPen, or if you've had an allergic reaction to other vaccines or injectable medications, speak with your provider prior to receiving the vaccine (allergic reactions have been reported with the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna – this may be the result of an ingredient that is also found in some medications including those used to treat cancer).
Where can I get the vaccine?
Vaccines are currently being offered to patients and the community at the following locations:
The Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center on our main campus in Mt. Auburn (ages 12+)
The Christ Hospital Apothecary (the pharmacy located in Joseph Beth Booksellers) on our main campus
20 primary care offices located throughout the Tristate. Click for a complete list of locations. (Note that we cannot guarantee vaccine availability if you're in the office for another reason, therefore scheduling in advance is required.)
How do I schedule my appointment?
Can a minor attend their vaccine appointments alone?
The Pfizer vaccine is available for everyone ages 12+. Minors will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who can sign the vaccine consent form and be available in the event of side effects (although extremely rare). If for some reason we don't receive the Pfizer vaccine on the day that you're scheduled, we'll contact you to reschedule your appointment.
What can I expect before, during and after my appointment?
Parking and wayfinding information will be provided to you when you schedule your appointment.
- Please wear a short-sleeved shirt under layers to your appointment so that your arm is easily accessible.
Upon arrival for your appointment, you will be asked to provide a form of ID indicating your date of birth. If you don't meet the age requirements set by the state, we will not be permitted to administer your vaccine.
Your insurance company will be billed for the administration fee but not for the vaccine. Please bring your insurance card with you to your appointment. Patients will not be turned away for inability to pay.
If you scheduled your COVID-19 vaccine appointment through MyChart, please log in to your account several days before your appointment to complete registration (what we call eCheck-in). By checking in ahead of time, your appointment will go faster the day of your visit. Just click on the dark blue "eCheck-in" button near your appointment details in MyChart.
Your second dose can be scheduled in person at the time of your first appointment or through MyChart after you receive your first dose. See our tip sheet for how to schedule your second appointment.
While reported side effects are mild, we do ask that you stay on-site for 15 minutes following your vaccination to ensure there are no adverse reactions. Learn more about potential side effects: What to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine
Which COVID-19 vaccine is best? Can I choose which one I receive?
Comparing efficacy rates of vaccines is challenging because of differences in the designs and the timing of the Phase 3 clinical trials. The trials were testing for different outcomes, the vaccines were not tested against one another, and none were tested against the new variants. The comparisons are not apples to apples. Getting vaccinated with the first vaccine available to you is your best defense against COVID-19. At this time, patients aren't able to request a specific brand of vaccine; the
only exception is that all minors will be given the Pfizer
I got my first vaccine somewhere else, can I get my second vaccine at The Christ Hospital?
If you received your first dose elsewhere and are unable to get your second dose at the same location, please contact:
I need documentation of my vaccine but lost my vaccine card.
If you've lost your vaccine card and need documentation indicating that you received your COVID-19 vaccine, we prefer that you access your record through MyChart. You can even use the MyChart app so the documentation is always with you. To navigate to your vaccine record inside MyChart:
Login using your username or password. (If you don't have a MyChart account, activate it here.)
Click COVID-19 (under the blue My Record heading).
You should see a "COVID-19 vaccination complete" message in green. To see additional detail about your vaccine, click the down arrow.
If you're using the MyChart app and don't see a "COVID-19 vaccination complete" message, go to the App Store or Google Play and download the latest version of MyChart.
If MyChart isn't an option for you, you can return to the location where you received your vaccine during normal business hours and request a new card. Be sure to bring your ID with you.
I have an upcoming surgery or procedure. Can I still get my vaccine?
If you have an upcoming procedure, please check with your provider about the ideal timing to get your vaccine.
Are there other resources I can reference?
Who can I call with questions?
For questions related to vaccine distribution at our main campus, call 513-585-3881. We currently have limited availability to assist by phone, but you can hear our latest vaccine updates, cancel your appointment, or schedule your appointment (Phone lines typically open Friday mornings for scheduling and close by mid-day). When scheduling by phone, please have your insurance card, date of birth and social security number ready.
For questions related to vaccine distribution at participating primary care offices, please call the office directly.