Minnesota can vaccinate 12- to 15-year-olds this week on ‘path to normalcy,’ Walz says
ST. PAUL, Minn. (WKBT) — Minnesota is ready to begin vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds this week in the wake of the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for that age group, Gov. Tim Walz said Monday.
“This is an extraordinary development on our path back to normalcy,” Walz said of the FDA action earlier in the day. “We now have nearly 300,000 more Minnesotans eligible to roll up their sleeves and get life-saving protection from this deadly disease.”
State health officials “have been planning and preparing for this moment and are ready to begin vaccinating teens 12 and older,” he said. “Let’s get our kids their shot as soon as possible so they are fully vaccinated and protected in time for a fun, safe summer.”
Final federal guidance is expected to come from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week after the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meets Wednesday.
The state will announce when final vaccination recommendations are available for providers, and parents can make appointments for vaccinations this week, Walz said.
The vaccination go-ahead is a major step toward allowing children to “get back to all the things they love this summer — camps, sports, activities, vacations, and more,” said Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan.
The vaccination will provided youths “a significant level of extra protection to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe. … I hope Minnesotans take advantage of this life-saving opportunity and get their shot as soon as possible,” Flanagan said.
Parent or guardian consent is required for COVID-19 vaccination for people younger than 18 years old.
Vaccinations can be obtained in several ways:
Direct registrations for an appointment at one of the state vaccination sites can be made through the Vaccine Connector.
Walk-ins for Minnesotans 12 and will be accepted at state vaccination sites administering Pfizer vaccines at the Mall of America in Bloomington, at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, in Lino Lakes and in Oakdale.
The Vaccine Locator Map can help find providers who are offering COVID-19 vaccine to Minnesotans ages 12 and older.
Appointments also can be made at Vaccines.gov, which allows you to filter by vaccine manufacturer and specify Pfizer appointments.
You also can contact your child’s primary health care provider, local public health department or a local pharmacy to check availability.
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