By Madison Bohlman and Kamrun Nahar, The Vaccine Literacy Campaign, CUNY School of Public Health

Does your parent or guardian have mistrust in or have safety concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine? The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and will help protect eligible youth ages 5 and up. The COVID-19 vaccine has been in development for years in the research community. However, COVID-19 vaccines are new to us, and it’s normal to have questions about them. The amount of information and misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines can be overwhelming and confusing to anyone.

Talking to your Parent about the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Vaccine Literacy Campaign has rounded up key resources for teens who want to talk to their parents about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. We hope these resources help you answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines, promote vaccine confidence, and ​​assist in starting vaccine conversations with parents and caregivers.

The Spanish-translated resource list can be found here.

Resources for Teens Who Want to Talk to Their Parents About Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine:

Resources Created by Youth for Youth:

Resources Created by Families for Parents:

How to Identify Credible Information:

Click to view our COVID-19 community resources.

About the New York Vaccine Literacy Campaign

Launched in May 2021, the Campaign was developed by CONVINCE USA and a team of faculty and staff at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Our mission is to lighten the load of community and direct service organizations by increasing community-level access to vaccine education. The NY VLC provides tools, training, and capacity building resources to community partners. This work is supported by the New York Community Trust, the Altman Foundation, and the New York State Health Foundation.


The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) is committed to promoting and sustaining healthier populations in New York City and around the world through excellence in education, research, and service in public health and by advocating for sound policy and practice to advance social justice and improve health outcomes for all.