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Friday, November 26, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines for children should soon be widely available, even at school

Minnesota health officials say they are ready to administer coronavirus vaccines to children when federal regulators give their approval.

Authorization to administer two doses of Pfizer vaccine to children aged 5 to 11 can be obtained as early as early November. The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are currently reviewing data from clinical trials.

“We’ve worked hard to plan for the vaccine to be given to children aged 5 to 11 over time,” said Ian Malcolm, state health commissioner. “We have a robust vaccinator ecosystem.”

The government health announcement came after President Biden’s administration said more than 25,000 suppliers would be willing to administer vaccines to children across the country.

Parents should be able to refer their children to pediatricians, local health departments, clinics and other routine providers of childhood vaccines. In addition, pharmacies that have played a large role in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine must also receive supplies for children from the federal government on top of what the state receives.

Malcolm added that health officials are also considering adding additional vaccination sites for children in communities and creating vaccination sites in schools.

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“Many schools and school districts have expressed interest in setting up school clinics,” Malcolm said. “We know that the vast majority of local health authorities are planning to partner with schools to do this.”

Malcolm noted that nationwide opinion polls show that about 34 percent of parents are keen to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible. Other parents have additional questions about vaccines, their effectiveness and safety.

“We are working on communication campaigns and very detailed implementation plans,” she said. “We’ve been working on this for a while and will be absolutely ready to go.”

School-aged children have had one of the highest rates of COVID-19 infection since resuming classes in September. School-aged children accounted for 24 percent of new infections last week.

Only three Minnesota residents under the age of 20 have died from COVID-19, but infections in children can still be severe. Some may develop “long-term COVID,” others may develop multisystem inflammatory syndrome, where multiple organs become inflamed.

“COVID is not what we want children to have,” said Ruth Linfield, a state epidemiologist.

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