Governor Walz Announces Minnesota’s Plan to Vaccinate 5-11-Year-Olds Following FDA Advisory



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October 27, 2021


Committee Recommends Pfizer Vaccine for Children 5-11 Years Old

Minnesota has built a strong network of more than 1,100 providers – including pharmacies, pediatricians, state-run community clinics, schools, local public health agencies, and tribal health agencies – to meet parents and families where they are and administer the vaccine quickly and equitably

Statewide vaccine network will begin administering shots once final federal recommendations are issued next week

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Today, Governor Tim Walz announced Minnesota's plan to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee voted to recommend the use of the Pfizer vaccine in children 5-11 years old.

The state of Minnesota has built a strong network of providers—including pharmacies, health care systems, clinics, local public health and tribal health agencies, and school clinics, and state-run community clinics—that can begin vaccinating eligible children once final eligibility recommendations are issued by the federal government next week.

“Every 5-11-year-old in Minnesota deserves the protection the COVID-19 vaccine has to offer,” said Governor Walz. “The state is prepared for this critical moment in the battle against COVID-19. Our goal is to ensure that the vaccine is widely, equitably, and efficiently available to all children ages 5-11. We’ll be ready to do our part when the federal government gives us the green light, and I encourage parents to get their children vaccinated when the shots are ready.”

“As the mom of a young child, I am beyond grateful my daughter will be able to get a vaccine soon,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “The time to prepare for the vaccine is now – there are many ways families will be able to get their child a shot, and parents can choose which option is most convenient for them. Relief is coming.”

In response to community feedback and to meet families where they are, the Walz-Flanagan Administration has mobilized a diverse network of more than 1,100 providers to administer COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5-11.

  • More than 530 pediatric and family medicine clinics, primary care providers, federally qualified health centers, local public health agencies, tribal health agencies, and Indian Health Service locations have said they are prepared to vaccinate Minnesota children.

  • Additionally, over 600 pharmacies are actively planning to provide COVID-19 vaccine to children under the age of 12 in some or all their locations, based on their supply from the federal government.

  • To ensure equitable distribution of the vaccine, expand access to more children, and meet Minnesota families where they are, the Administration will partner with school districts and charter schools to host vaccination clinics in school buildings for children and families.

  • In a recent survey of Minnesota school districts and charter schools, 80% of respondents have indicated interest in hosting vaccination clinics.

  • The Administration is partnering with districts and schools to host at least 20 school-based vaccination clinics in high-need areas around Minnesota over the next four weeks.

  • Minnesota’s successful Community Vaccination Program location at the Mall of America has tripled its capacity to provide up to 1,500 shots per day to 5-11-year-olds shortly after the vaccine is authorized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

  • MDH’s Covid-19 Community Coordinators – trusted community partners – will host clinics offering not only vaccines to 5-11-year-olds but shots for the whole family.