scheduled tribe. Paul, Min. (NWN) – Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday that health care providers and others will begin vaccinating children ages 5 to 11 this week, now that the Pfizer coronavirus shot has received federal approval.
Walz said the vaccine will arrive in waves this week and that Minnesota providers have ordered a greater number of doses from the federal government.
More than 500,000 children across Minnesota are now eligible for the vaccine.
“Getting our kids vaccinated will help our kids become kids again,” Walz said. “Now that the vaccine is approved for children ages 5-11, Minnesota is ready to administer these shots quickly, efficiently, and equitably. I want to help families get their child vaccinated and keep them safe. I encourage you to make a plan.”
The state has launched a new webpage to help parents and guardians of children aged 5 to 11 years find the vaccine and answer their questions. Website is mn.gov/vaxforkids.
Dr. Mark Gorelick, President and CEO of Children’s Minnesota, called the vaccination of youth a “milestone” in the fight against COVID-19.
“As the largest pediatrics provider in the state, Children’s Minnesota has seen for the first time the direct and indirect impact of the pandemic on children. Gorelick said, “Not only can children become seriously ill who require ICU care, but they may also need distance learning, time away from friends, and even isolation from grandparents. You have to fight.”