There is a lot of information out there about COVID-19 and the risks to the health of everyone, including teenagers. Much of what you will find on the internet is helpful. However, there is lot of misinformation that has been posted.
We recommend that you look only to trustworthy sources of medical information. These include your healthcare provider, your local health department, and information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that can be found online.
If you do decide to be vaccinated, Michigan law requires that a parent or guardian consent to the vaccination for anyone under 18. However, the law does allow an emancipated minor to consent to the vaccination.
You should also know that Michigan law does allow a minor who is 14 years of age or older to request and receive the services of a mental health professional. The professional may provide up to 12 outpatient sessions or four months of outpatient counseling. MCL 330.1707. However, you should also be aware that the mental health professional may bill your parent’s health insurance provider, and that information could be disclosed to your parent.