Watch the replay of University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Infectious Disease Specialist Melanie Wellington, MD, PhD, answering questions about COVID-19 vaccinations for teens and continued mask safety.

What you need to know

  • The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe for kids 12+.
  • Getting vaccinated will help us return to normalcy.
  • Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will not delay getting other vaccinations.
  • When we get to the point where there isn’t much or any transmission of the virus in our communities, then it will be safe enough for people who are too young to be vaccinated to no longer wear masks.
  • The latest CDC recommendations for vaccinated individuals do not apply to health care settings. We continue to require face masks for our visitors and patients to provide the highest levels of safety for our patients.
  • Kids 12+ have similar side effects to the COVID-19 vaccine as adults.
  • You are more likely to have problems from a COVID-19 infection rather than the vaccine.
  • Not everyone can be immunized so it is important to get vaccinated if you are able to.