Following in the footsteps of the CDC this weekend, which recommends vaccines against COVID-19 for children between 6 months and 5 years old, state health officials announced on Sunday that appointments are scheduled for children from Minnesota at that age at the state vaccination site Mall of America.
This follows the final approval of the vaccine for this age group.
Along with the Mall of America website, vaccines for children will be available at pediatricians, clinics and pharmacies.
Shipments of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive in waves over the next week to suppliers in Minnesota. The location of the Mall of America will start with the vaccine on June 22.
Parents can now schedule appointments for the Pfizer vaccine on the Mall of America online by going to https://mi.primari.health/r/vakmn. The site will be open from 1 pm to 8 pm from Wednesday to Friday and from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturdays.
“This is an important and exciting time for many families because our youngest Minnesota residents can now receive important protection from COVID-19 vaccination,” said Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm. “We know that even small children can get very sick from this virus, and that is why it is important that we all continue to do everything we can to protect our loved ones and our communities from COVID-19. Now is a great time to make sure the whole family is up to date with the COVID-19 vaccines. ”
Pediatricians and health workers from Minnesota also repeated this excitement regarding today’s news.
“Parents and families have been fighting for 2 years to keep their children healthy, and for the youngest ones who could not wear a mask, that often meant keeping them at home. But now our youngest patients, from 6 months to 5 years old, will finally be able to receive a vaccine that will help them protect themselves from this virus, “said Dr. Sheldon Berkovic, president of the Minnesota department at the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP). press release.
More than 320 primary care providers, pediatric and family medicine offices, federally qualified health centers, local public health agencies, tribal health services and Indian health service sites report that they will offer the vaccine to children of this age group.