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Minnesota prepares to vaccinate children for COVID-19

The shots will be available shortly after federal officials give approval, expected in early November


October 21, 2021

Leila Navidi, Star Tribune

When the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is approved for children 5 to 11, Minnesota will have enough vaccine for the 509,000 children in the state in that age range.

Minnesota will have a "robust supply" of COVID-19 vaccines for young children available in early November when federal officials are expected to give approval, state health officials said Wednesday.

"We've been working hard on planning for the administration of vaccines to 5- to 11-year-olds for some time," Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said. "We are ready to go when the vaccines are approved."

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have yet to sign off on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children, but the White House said Wednesday that it is implementing plans to distribute the shots and has acquired enough doses for the 28 million children, including about 509,000 in Minnesota, who would become newly eligible.


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