The COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Ages 5 to 11:
What You Need to Know

After months of stringent testing, federal health authorities have given approval for children ages 5 to 11 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This is major news for parents and caregivers looking to protect children and others from COVID.

To show our support and highlight the importance of the vaccine for this age group, Minnesota Children’s Museum partnered with the Minnesota Department of Health to host a vaccine clinic at the museum on Nov. 7 for children ages 5 to 11. In just a few hours, 150 kids were able to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Governor Tim Walz gets a tour of the museum and vaccine clinic site from museum president Dianne Krizan before speaking with reporters outside.

Governor Tim Walz gets a tour of the museum and vaccine clinic site from museum president Dianne Krizan before speaking with reporters outside.

The Pfizer vaccine has been shown to be both safe and extremely effective at preventing severe illness in children. It has been carefully studied in children ages 5-11 years and gone through multiple phases of approval. This vaccine is vital to protecting kids and slowing the spread of COVID-19. Vaccinating kids against COVID-19 is important!

For more information on the COVID vaccine and to find a child vaccine location near you, visit mn.gov/vaxforkids.

 

What Pediatricians are Saying About COVID-19 Vaccines and Kids

What to Know About Vaccinating Your Child

1. The vaccine is safe

All FDA authorized vaccines are carefully studied in clinical trials. While it may feel like the COVID vaccine was developed quickly, it has undergone the same strict testing as all other vaccines.

2. The vaccine is effective

Studies have shown the Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11 is more than 90% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 disease, and even better at preventing severe illness and hospitalization in children.

3. The vaccine protects everyone

Getting vaccinated will help keep kids safe during school, sports, social activities and family gatherings. But it also helps slow the spread of the disease in the community, helping protect those that are immunocompromised or not yet able to be vaccinated.

For more information about the COVID vaccine for children, please talk to your child’s health care provider. You can also find more resources and find a vaccination site near you by visiting mn.gov/vaxforkids.

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