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New COVID-19 boosters for kids age 5-11 now offered at Minnesota's state-run vaccine clinics


October 19, 2022

Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune file

Minnesota's state-run vaccination clinics are now offering the variant-specific COVID-19 booster for kids age 5-11.

Children ages 5 to 11 can receive the new variant-specific COVID-19 booster at state-run vaccination facilities in Minnesota starting this week.

The vaccine is the same booster that was authorized this fall for people 12 and older to protect against omicron variants of the virus, but comes in a smaller dose. Families will be able to make appointments or walk in for the Pfizer boosters at the state-run facilities in St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester, Moorhead and at the Mall of America.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, about 8% of children ages 5-11 in the state were up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations as of Oct. 13. If children receive the new booster after the primary series of vaccinations, they are considered fully up to date.


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