Roll Up Your Sleeves, Teens: Vaccines for 16 and 17 Year Olds!

The ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves, MN’ vaccine outreach campaign is focusing on Minnesotans aged 16 and 17. 

There are a few vaccine options available to 16 and 17 year olds that have been recently announced:

Very important: the Pfizer vaccine has ONLY been authorized to vaccinate youth ages 16 and up and will only be administered to those ages 16 and up. 

FUN FACT: If someone is fully vaccinated and is exposed, they do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:

  • The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after their vaccination series was fully completed.
  • They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.

People who have had COVID-19 (with a positive lab-confirmed test) in the past 90 days also do not need to quarantine.

The Roll Up Your Sleeves, Teens push comes at a critical time as Minnesota is seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, especially among younger Minnesotans.

Part of the solution to lowering community spread is ensuring that our teens who can get vaccinated DO GET VACCINATED! And those who can’t, GET TESTED!

Why get vaccinated?

Getting vaccinated will help give 16 and 17 year olds the best chance to learn in-person, participate in sports and activities, attend graduation and go to prom. By getting vaccinated our children are also doing their part to protect those who are not able to be vaccinated at this time. 

Of course, we all still need to remain vigilant in regards to masking, hand washing and social distancing. And for those Minnesotans too young to be vaccinated, testing remains absolutely critical. Learn more about Minnesota’s no-cost, barrier-free testing options.

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