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State of California—Health and Human Services Agency
California Department of Public Health

July 18, 2022

All Californians

COVID-19 Vaccine Minor Consent Guidance

​Updates as of July 18, 2022:

  • Aligned with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to grant emergency use authorization (EUA) of COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months.


Administration of COVID-19 vaccines to as many Californians as possible is critical to control the pandemic. Based on evidence of safety and efficacy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now reduced the minimum age for its Emergency Use Authorization of COVID-19 vaccines to 6 months.

Research has continued to show that vaccines prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. All children 6 months to 17 years should complete their primary series. Children aged 5 and older are eligible for and recommended to get a first booster dose. More information on the risks and benefits of the authorized vaccine products from Moderna and Pfizer vaccines can be found on the FDA website

Options for Consent

Persons younger than 18 years must have parental or guardian consent given by a legally authorized representative (parent or guardian). An emancipated minor may consent for him/herself.

Allowable consent includes: