ST. CLOUD ― Beginning Tuesday parents and guardians can make an appointment for children under 5 to get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at CentraCare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved Pfizer's vaccination series for children ages 6 months to 4 years old on June 18.
Vaccine appointments can be scheduled at CentraCare clinics through a primary care provider.
The vaccine for children ages 6 months to 4 years old is one-tenth the dosage given to adults. It's a three-shot regimen, so children would receive two doses three weeks apart and a third dose at least two months later.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved for ages 5-11 in October and ages 12-17 in May 2021.
"While children are far less likely than adults to get seriously ill from COVID-19, they still can transmit the disease to others. Getting kids vaccinated is an important component of protecting our children from serious illness," said CentraCare in a press release. "For answers to questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for kids, please talk with your child’s primary care provider."
Find a vaccine clinic near you at https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/find-vaccine/index.jsp.
This article originally appeared on St. Cloud Times: Central Minnesota kids under 5 can now get a COVID vaccine at CentraCare