Do Minors Need Assent Before Getting Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine?
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its COVID-19 vaccine guidance for minors following the U.S. FDA expanding the BioNTech-Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine's existing authorization on May 10, 2021, to include people 12 years old.
The CDC says 'the federal government does not have specific requirements for medical consent for vaccination.'
Furthermore, 'States/jurisdictions have medical consent laws that address the circumstances under which a medical provider must seek consent before a medical procedure and the processes for obtaining that consent. These laws vary across jurisdictions.'
And 'providers may also be subject to policy requirements for consent within their own organizations.'
The CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement requires providers to comply with applicable patient assent and consent laws in their state/jurisdiction to administer COVID-19 vaccines.
As of May 24, 2021, Kaiser Foundation's online listing offers state-based age-based vaccination guidelines.