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Vaccine for kids: Help keep children, colleagues and ourselves safe

Minnesotans can now get their children as young as 5 years old vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approval of the vaccine for young children.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recently announced a new webpage to help parents and guardians find 5- to 11-year-old children a vaccine and answer questions they may have about the vaccine. The CDC earlier approved the Pfizer vaccine for kids 11 to 18 years old.

In addition to the webpage, two new videos were created featuring Minnesota pediatricians sharing information about the COVID-19 vaccine for children and why it is important to get kids vaccinated:

Children are not immune from the severe effects of COVID-19, and common underlying conditions like asthma and obesity can put kids at an even greater risk of severe illness. From July 1 to Oct. 26, there were more than 45,200 pediatric cases and more than 300 child hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in Minnesota.

A diverse network of more than 1,100 providers has been mobilized to administer COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5-11. More than 530 pediatric and family medicine clinics, primary care providers, federally qualified health centers, local public health agencies, tribal health agencies, and Indian Health Service locations have said they are preparing to vaccinate Minnesota children.

Additionally, more than 600 pharmacies are preparing to provide COVID-19 vaccine to children under the age of 12. Some schools are also hosting vaccination clinics.

Help keep children, colleagues and yourself safe. Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Teens webpage to find a vaccination clinic near you and to learn more about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.