COVID-19 Vaccines for Young People Under Age 18
Young people 16 years of age and older who live, work, or go to school in Massachusetts are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, people under age 18 can only be given the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine which is a safe and effective vaccine given in two doses at least 21 days apart. The large number of people who have already been vaccinated has contributed to the recent steady decline in COVID-19 infections. Vaccination of our young people creates an exciting opportunity to keep them safe and healthy and promote the continued decline of COVID-19’s presence in our community.
Consent Forms are available below:
Keep in mind that a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus that causes it. For this reason, it is extremely important for vaccinated young people to continue to wear a mask, physically distance, practice frequent hand hygiene, stay home when sick, and participate in pooled or PCR testing.
More information on COVID-19 vaccines for young people under the age of 18, including how to schedule and prepare for an appointment can be found on the Mass.gov website: COVID-19 Vaccinations for People Under Age 18.
Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19: the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen. You can read about them in detail here.
EDUCATORS: All educators are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Staff can use the state’s pre-registration system to schedule appointments: mass.gov:COVID Vaccine Pre-registration. Once an educator has received their full vaccine dose, they should upload it to TalentEd to enhance the efficiencies of the COVID Team in contact tracing.
SIDE EFFECTS: Some people experience vaccine side effects such as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, pain at the injection site or temperature less than 100.0°. These symptoms are normal signs that your body is building protection against the virus. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. If you experience these common minor symptoms in the first 72 hours after your vaccine and feel well enough, you can come to work.
Please remember it is possible to get COVID-19 even after you are vaccinated.
If you have any other symptoms in addition to those listed above, such as runny nose, sore throat, cough, or loss of sense of smell or taste, stay home from work, avoid close contact with others, get PCR tested, and contact your healthcare provider. You can find frequently asked questions about COVID vaccine side effects on the Mass.gov website.
It takes several weeks for the body to build immunity after getting the vaccine. Please continue to wear a mask, maintain 6ft physical distance, practice frequent hand washing/sanitizing, avoid large gatherings, and stay home when sick.
Because vaccinated individuals are guided by different COVID-19 quarantine, isolation, and travel rules, we are asking staff to provide documentation of your COVID vaccines to HR through TalentEd once you are fully vaccinated. This will assist the COVID Team when contact tracing may be needed and potentially eliminate the need for you to quarantine. The District strongly encourages all employees to receive a vaccination, however, it is not mandated.