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

August 21, 2023

All Californians

COVID-19 Vaccine Minor Consent Guidance



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 are eligible and recommended to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.

 Reference the CDC for additional information on staying up to date. More information on the risks and benefits of the authorized vaccine products from ModernaPfizer, and Novavax 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: