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Kids will soon be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine!

The FDA reviewed data from clinical trials and determined that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11-year-olds is safe and provides protection against COVID-19. 

The next step is to get final recommendations from CDC this week before providers start giving the vaccine. We’re working to make sure it is widely, equitably, and efficiently available.

There will be a diverse network of more than 1,100 providers and schools in Minnesota where kids can get vaccinated.

Check with your pediatrician or family medicine clinic about appointments, visit https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/ to find providers near you, or visit https://www.vaccines.gov/ to find a pharmacy.

You can also check with your local school district for information about vaccination opportunities at your child’s school.  

Case Investigation and Contact Tracing: COVID-19

How To Get Started

Case investigation and contact tracing work together to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Case investigation identifies where people who have COVID-19 may have been exposed or infected others. Case investigations also help to identify contacts, or people who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Contact tracing helps to further slow the spread of the virus by talking to contacts about how to stay home and away from others. It is important for cases to stay home and isolate and for contacts to quarantine even if they feel fine so they do not infect others.

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Download the free COVIDaware MN app to get notified if you have been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 12

For those who have children under the age of 12, you’ve probably been wondering about when COVID-19 vaccines will be available for your child. The vaccines are being carefully studied in children under 12 just like they were for people 12 and older. Only vaccines shown to be safe and effective will be authorized. Watch this short video for answers to some common questions with W. Kamau Bell and pediatricians.

Importance of COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots

We need a high level of vaccination to help prevent spread of COVID-19 and protect those who cannot get vaccinated yet. COVID-19 vaccines provide strong protection, especially against severe illness and death. Like many other routinely administered vaccines, boosters will be needed to keep a higher level of protection, but receiving that initial protection is important. If you are age 12 or older and have not gotten vaccinated, now is the time.

Find Vaccine Locations

This tool is intended to help Minnesotans more easily find and connect with local vaccine providers in their area.

Each provider manages its own schedules and appointments. Please contact providers to confirm vaccination location, hours, and availability.

If you are not connected with a health care provider, resources are available on Health Care Assistance. The COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program may be another option to explore. Stars denote no-cost Community Vaccination sites on the map below.

All locations in the map below are approximate.

Everyone, whether you have been vaccinated or not, still needs to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others, wash your hands a lot, and stay home if you are sick. For more information about the vaccine, see About COVID-19 Vaccine.

To search for providers by the brand of vaccine they offer (e.g. Pfizer), visit the Centers for Disease Control’s Vaccines.gov.

Booster shots

Providers can now offer booster shots to Minnesotans who are eligible, and who previously received any of the three authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson).

According to federal health officials, 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 live in long-term care settings
  • Age 18+ and have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ and work or live in high-risk settings

All Minnesotans age 18 and older who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are recommended to get a booster shot at least 2 months after their initial vaccine.

Officials also authorized ‘mixing and matching’ COVID-19 vaccine boosters, meaning anybody who is eligible to get a booster shot can get any of the three currently authorized or approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) – regardless of what product they received for their primary series.

Learn more about booster shots at About COVID-19 Vaccine.

COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program

Minnesota’s COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program brings easy, free, and safe vaccine opportunities to familiar community settings.

Walk-ins and appointments for Minnesotans age 12-and-older are available at the Bloomington (Mall of America) community vaccination site, which is administering the Pfizer vaccine. Parent or guardian consent is required for COVID-19 vaccination for people younger than 18 years old.

To find a vaccination location near you, use the Find Vaccine Locations map.

For State Community Vaccination sites:

  • 12-15 year olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • 16 and 17 year olds must receive permission from a parent or guardian, either in person through being accompanied by a parent or guardian, or online beforehand through the appointment scheduling and registration process.
  • Families are highly encouraged to join 12-17 year olds and get vaccinated at the same time.

To make an appointment, follow the links below.

Note: Masks are required at all Community Vaccination Program locations.

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