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Legislative Update: Vaccination News

Monday, November 8, 2021

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Rep. Carlson

 

Dear Neighbors, 

Good news from the CDC - more children can get their COVID-19 vaccines, following an extensive clinical trial and final recommendations from the Center for Disease Control for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11. The state has launched a new webpage to help parents and guardians find a vaccine for children aged 5-11 and answer questions about the vaccine. 

The state has mobilized a diverse network of providers – hospitals, clinics, local public health, Tribal health agencies, pharmacies, school located clinics and state-run community clinics – to administer vaccines to our children as quickly as possible.

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Minnesotans looking to vaccinate their child can:

  • Visit mn.gov/vaxforkids to find clinic locations near you.
  • Check with?their pediatrician, family medicine clinic or pharmacy about?appointments.
  • Watch for vaccination clinics being offered at schools or other community locations around Minnesota.

Before you go, make sure the vaccine location provides the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5-11. Not all Pfizer vaccine providers will have the vials specifically packaged for that age group.

Reminder: Booster Shots Available for 12 and Older

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, Minnesotans who got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine can now get a booster at least six months after their initial series if they are 65 years and older, age 18 and older and live in long-term care settings, age 18 and older and have underlying medical conditions, or are age 18 and older and work or live in high-risk settings.

Anyone aged 18 and older who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are recommended to get a booster shot at least 2 months after their initial vaccine. You can also 'mix and match' COVID-19 vaccine

To find a vaccine near you, use the state’s Vaccine Locator Map, contact your primary health care provider or a local pharmacy, walk in to one of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Community Vaccination sites or call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053 Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Sincerely,

Andrew Carlson 

State Representative

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