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CentraCare now scheduling COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 5

CentraCare is now scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for children 6 months and older. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series for children ages 6 months to 4 years old was approved by federal health officials on June 18.

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Nurse Nicole Aleshire prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in this December 2020 file photo. The Pfizer vaccine has now been approved for children as young as 6 months.
Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune file photo
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WILLMARCentraCare announced Tuesday, June 28, that parents and guardians are now able to make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations for children under 5.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination series for children ages 6 months to 4 years old on June 18.

According to a news release from CentraCare, the vaccine is one-tenth the dosage given to adults. It is a three-shot regimen: Children would receive two doses three weeks apart, and a third dose at least two months later.

More on COVID-19:
Statewide, about 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported to the Minnesota Department of Health last week. The state's death toll from the pandemic surpassed 13,000 in the past week. The number of cases is probably much higher, because cases identified by a positive home test are not reported to the state.
Although there were no new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the last week, there were 612 new cases reported, a jump of 82 from the week previous.
About 10,000 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the state last week, though the number if probably much higher, because home tests aren't reported to the state. The total number of deaths during the pandemic is nearly 13,000.

Families have several options for getting children vaccinated:

  • Call CentraCare Connect at 320-200-3200 to schedule an appointment at most CentraCare locations.
  • Call for appointments at CentraCare — Willmar Clinic at 320-231-5000 , ext. 48600.
  • Call for appointments at the CentraCare — New London Clinic at 320-354-2222 .
  • Receive the vaccine during a regular primary care clinic visit.

    A parent or guardian must provide consent and be present at a child’s immunization appointment.
    According to the news release from CentraCare, while children are far less likely than adults to get seriously ill from COVID-19, they still can transmit the disease to others. Also, getting kids vaccinated is an important component of protecting children from serious illness.

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    For answers to questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, CentraCare advises parents to talk to their child’s primary care provider.

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