Covid Vaccines Made Available to Texas Teens Ages 16+

Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020 (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

On March 29, the State of Texas began allowing teenagers (16 and up) to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. So far, only the Pfizer vaccine has been authorized to be used on teenagers. While you may not have the option to choose which vaccine you receive, you can trust in Pfizer’s 95% efficiency rating.

This vaccine requires two shots 21 days apart. Side effects include swelling and soreness around the injection spot. You might also feel tired or nauseous but do not worry as these are also common side effects that won’t last long.

If you are unsure about where to get vaccinated, please use this website to find out where exactly you can go: COVID-19 Vaccination Locations on VaccineFinder | CDC.

And please remember that even though you are vaccinated, you are not immune. The shot works the same way other vaccines do, while it does not make you 100% safe, it lowers your risk of contracting the virus and hospitalization. Please be sure to continue to follow CDC guidelines by wearing a mask and social distancing.